Dinamo Zagreb executive director Zdravko Mamic has confirmed his desire to pursue a permanent deal for Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez, who is on loan with the Croatian club for the entirety of the season.
Henriquez moved to Dinamo in August and has already made a lasting impression having scored a superb hat-trick against city rivals Lokomotiva at the weekend, and the Chilean is now wanted on a more long-term deal.
Croatian sports daily Sportske Novosti have the exclusive on Dinamo’s intentions with regards Henriquez, and carry quotes from Mamic who is clearly already enthused by the potential of the Manchester United starlet.
Mamic said: “Yes, definitely we [want to] buy the contract of Angelo Henriquez from Manchester United!”
The report goes on to state that Dinamo will be able to acquire the services of Henriquez for only €1.5 million, and it would appear there is a real chance that the 20-year-old will indeed move to the Stadion Maksimir permanently.
Henriquez was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson from Universidad de Chile ahead of what transpired to be his final season as manager at Old Trafford, but the Scot took the decision to send the then teenager on loan to Wigan.
Following Ferguson’s departure and David Moyes’ appointment, it was once again decided that Henriquez would be afforded the opportunity to further his education elsewhere, with Real Zaragoza his destination for the duration of the 2013/14 campaign.
Another summer presented another loan this year under a third manager, Louis van Gaal, and Henriquez is still yet to have made his senior competitive bow for Manchester United. It would seem his chances of ever doing so are remote.
Van Gaal already has Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie among his number, while James Wilson will be ready to take his chance when it comes.
There is room at the inn no longer for another striker, as Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck discovered, with Real Madrid and Arsenal able to benefit.
If Van Gaal was prepared to cut both Hernandez and Welbeck, then it would seem unlikely Henriquez will be given any sort of reprieve, although a decent goalscoring return this season could convince the Dutchman otherwise.