Manchester United have made the breakthrough in their loan pursuit of Wout Weghorst after agreeing a compensation fee with Besiktas, Express Sport understands. The Burnley striker, who arrived at Turf Moor one year ago from Wolfsburg in a £12million deal, is now clearing out his locker in Istanbul as he prepares to say his goodbyes ahead of his dream move to Old Trafford where he will team up with compatriot Erik ten Hag.
The 30-year-old frontman will not be part of the Black Eagles’ squad to face Konyaspor on Saturday having now seemingly played his final game for the club.
Although it is currently unclear when Weghorst will travel to Manchester to undergo a medical, Besiktas have now finally conceded that their nine-goal loanee will be leaving Vodafone Park imminently.
Initially, they had continually ruled that Weghorst would be going nowhere unless a replacement was secured and while there are still no signs of an agreement with ex-player Vincent Aboubakar, Besiktas have now shaken hands on a deal with United.
United have paid in the region of £2.7million to unlock the move following initial exploratory talks with parent club Burnley last week.
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He was also spotted dishing out hugs to a host of technical staff members as he headed back towards the tunnel, looking around the stadium to take in his surroundings.
Weghorst trained as normal on Tuesday morning but was inside the fitness room away from his team-mates on Wednesday while they took part in a team session in yet another clue the transfer was edging closer.
United are believed to consider Weghorst a respectable stop-gap solution in attack as they look to add some physicality to their frontline.
The Red Devils’ agreement is not expected to include an option to buy Weghorst at the end of the season.
Besiktas are understood to have had a purchase option for the former Wolfsburg talisman but he is now heading back to the Premier League as he looks to make amends following his relegation with Burnley last season.
The Black Eagles are awaiting positive developments regarding the future of top striker target Aboubakar, who is still in talks with Al-Nassr over the termination of his deal.
Aboubakar has had two separate spells with the Turkish giants already and could now return to Istanbul to write more history after being cast aside in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Nassr have decided that the Cameroonian is surplus to requirements following the lucrative signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Coincidentally, United are said to have briefly considered a move for Aboubakar before launching a move for Weghorst.