Manchester United handed transfer boost as club set price for 22-year-old midfielder

Manchester United have been handed a boost in the pursuit of Belgian midfielder Leander Dendoncker this summer. The Red Devils had sent scouts to keep a close watch on the 22-year-old during Anderlecht’s league opener against Antwerp on Friday night.

Dendoncker, who is a holding midfielder by trade, has been identified as a potential option to bolster the centre of the park with United struggling to negotiate a fee for their summer targets which include Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic and Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier.

The Belgium international featured in both of Anderlecht’s games against United in the Europa League quarter-final last term while he also scored in the first which ended in a 1-1 draw. The Red Devils eventually won the tie by a 3-2 aggregate scoreline but Jose Mourinho appears to have been impressed by the youngster’s performance.

Anderlecht’s sporting director Herman Van Holsbeeck has now opened the possibility of the player’s sale provided any club pays a fee between £22-27m for their upcoming prospect, he told Het Belang van Limburg h/t Metro: “We want to cherish him, but if a club is willing to pay €25-35 million (£22-27m), we have a problem.”

Dendoncker was often outperformed by compatriot Youri Tielemans, now at AS Monaco, but he still managed to score six goals in 56 outings. The 22-year-old has two caps to his name with Belgium, and he was an unused substitute in recent games against the Czech Republic and Estonia.

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