Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had previously said that the 23-year-old was free to discuss a move away from Old Trafford in the January transfer window.
Bayer Leverkusen Complete Fosu-Mensah Signing
🚨 TRANSFER NEWS 🚨
Timothy Fosu-Mensah has joined Bayer 04 from Manchester United.
Welcome to the Werkself, Timothy! pic.twitter.com/L8amR13jxJ
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) January 13, 2021
Fosu-Mensah Had Been Linked With a Return to Former Club Ajax
Moving to the Bundesliga was far from a straightforward choice for Fosu-Mensah. The right-back was reportedly of interest to former club Ajax, who remain close to the heart of their youth-team player.
Manchester United had offered Fosu-Mensah a new contract, but he rejected their proposal on the grounds that he had not played enough first-team football for the club since his senior debut against Arsenal in February 2016.
High expectations were placed upon Fosu-Mensah’s shoulders after that 3-2 victory over the Gunners at Old Trafford, but the defender would only go on to make a further 30 appearances for the Red Devils.
Fosu-Mensah did gain more Premier League experience on loan at London clubs Crystal Palace and Fulham in 2017 and 2018 respectively, but these moves did little to enhance his chances of succeeding at Old Trafford.
Incomings Unlikely For Ole Gunner Solsjkaer
Prior to Fosu-Mensah’s departure, Manchester United did finalise the arrival of Ivory Coast winger Amad Diallo from Atalanta this winter. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, is expecting the 18-year-old to be the only addition made to his squad in the January window.
“January is always difficult but if something comes up that you think about in the long-term, it’s a long-term target anyway, that’s another scenario,” the Norwegian said of the current transfer market.
“But not many teams would like to lose their player in January, so [it is] unlikely that something will happen on the ‘in’ side,” Solskjaer added.
“There might be two or three going out because they deserve to play more football for their own good and their own career.”
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