Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck would appear likely to leave the club before the transfer deadline later this evening, although it will reportedly take a fee of £5 million to secure his services on loan for the duration of the season.
The Sun carries a report on Monday morning that any potential suitor would be required to cover Welbeck’s £68,000-per-week wages in full, stump up a loan cost and also pay “other extras” for a deal to be completed.
It had initially been reported that Manchester United had been prepared to sell Welbeck on a permanent deal at a cost of around £15 million, however the decision has been taken to only sanction a temporary move for the time being.
The thinking behind this is that Welbeck will be able to further his education away from Old Trafford rather than face a prolonged period on the Manchester United bench, which will allow the club to make a more reasoned decision on his potential at the end of the campaign.
Arsenal had been credited with interest in the 23-year-old, something owed to the long-term injury sustained by Olivier Giroud, although a move to the Emirates Stadium would appear unlikely given Manchester United’s reluctance to sell, or loan, to a direct rival.
The same can be said for Tottenham, a club linked with Welbeck and one sharing the same ambitions as Manchester United for this season, although the north London club are odds on favourites to bring the England international to White Hart Lane on deadline day.
However, it would appear most likely that Welbeck will have to accept a move further down the Premier League ladder if he is to play more regular football, although this is of course if any club is prepared to pay a significant sum for what is a rental agreement.
Sunderland have been mentioned as potential suitors given the difficulties Gus Poyet has endured in bringing another forward to the Stadium of Light, with Fabio Borini having been the top target for the Black Cats manager.
Welbeck, of course, knows Sunderland well having spent a season there previously, during which time he six goals in 26 Premier League appearances.