Man Utd confirm Timothy Fosu-Mensah transfer to Bayer Leverkusen in £1.8m deal with contract running down

MANCHESTER UNITED defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah has quit Old Trafford to join Bayer Leverkusen.

The Dutch ace, 23, has moved for a fee of £1.8million and will link-up with the third-placed Bundesliga side after passing a medical.

He is believed to have signed a deal until June 2024 at the German club.

Fosu-Mensah made his Red Devils debut in 2016 alongside Marcus Rashford but the two have taken very different paths at United.

He had moved to Carrington from Ajax's youth system as a 16-year-old in 2014.

Fosu-Mensah spent time on loan at London sides Crystal Palace and Fulham to aid his development.

But after 30 appearances for United, Fosu-Mensah has left permanently with his contract running down.

The new Prem leaders have cashed in before the summer when the player could have left for nothing.

United were believed to have triggered a one-year-extension last season amid interest from Ajax and Hertha Berlin.

Fosu-Mensah started the club's opening Premier League fixture against his old side Palace but the versatile defender made no further league appearances this term.

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He played in the Champions League defeats against Istanbul Basaksehir and RB Leipzig, with the costly loss to Leipzig that sent United crashing into the Europa League, proving to be his final game for the club.

Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had hinted Fosu-Mensah would be heading for the exit after struggling to force his way into the team.

He said: "I'm not sure if Timo is going to stay or [if] he's going to take an option now.

"He's not played enough, so of course he's been allowed to speak to clubs, with a view to leaving now in January.

He's now at the stage where he needs to go and play again."

"It's difficult when you've got good players, talented players, and you can't give them game time. 

"He's now at the stage where he needs to go and play again.

"It might be [at the] end of January, or it might be in the summer that he finds somewhere else.

"So he's working hard, Tim, he's ready for a move for any club that he feels ready for."

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