Manchester United have been linked with a move for Villarreal forward Arnaut Danjuma as the January transfer window fast approaches.
According to Spanish outlet TodoFichajes, the Red Devils are one of three clubs monitoring the 24-year-old ahead of a potential switch, with Lyon and La Liga giants Barcelona also credited with an interest.
The report claims that United have been ‘closely watching’ Danjuma, with new interim manager Ralf Rangnick keen to mould the first-team squad into his image at Old Trafford.
Danjuma only signed for Villarreal over the summer after they splashed out £21.3m on the former Bournemouth ace, but his eye-catching displays in Spanish football have opened the door to an imminent exit.
Since arriving at the Estadio de la Cerámica, the skilful winger has quickly established himself as one of the top-flight’s most exciting attacking talents, bagging nine goals and providing three assists in 18 appearances.
A crucial brace against Atalanta last week secured a place in the Champions League last-16 for Unai Emery’s charges and caught the attention of several European heavyweights.
And Danjuma’s eye-catching performances at club level have also earned to versatile forward a recall to Louis van Gaal’s national team setup where he scored in the 6-0 thrashing of Gibraltar last month.
“This was a spectacular substitute by Danjuma,” Van Gaal said. “He deserves to be praised because what he showed was very clever.
“On the left, we have plenty of options; on the right, we don’t. He deserves to be praised. Danjuma had nice, good dribbles. His fellow players were not quite ready for his hard crosses yet.”
With Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata and Paul Pogba all out of contract next summer and Anthony Martial reportedly desperate to leave the red half of Manchester, Rangnick will be in need of attacking reinforcements over the coming months.
If Danjuma can replicate his Villarreal form at United, then he could be, in the words of Clinton Morrison, an “exceptional” player and addition to Rangnick’s revolution at the Theatre of Dreams.