Update #8: 7:40PM EST — Both clubs acknowledge loan deal for Sabitzer
Manchester United offered this announcement:
Manchester United is pleased to confirm that Marcel Sabitzer has joined the club on loan from Bayern Munich until June 2023. The Austrian midfielder has made 443 career club appearances across Europe, including 54 since joining FC Bayern Munich in August 2021.
Previously he was club captain of RB Leipzig. He has 68 full international caps for the Austria national team. Marcel Sabitzer said:
“Sometimes in life you have to make quick and important decisions. From the moment I heard about this opportunity I knew it was right for me. I am a competitive player; I want to win and help the club achieve its aims this season.
“I feel that I am at my peak as a player, and that I can contribute a lot of experience and energy to the squad. I am excited to start with my new team-mates and manager and to show my qualities to Manchester United fans.”
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžić issued this statement via FCBayern.com:
“Manchester United expressed an interest in Marcel Sabitzer at the beginning of the week. Marcel has told us he would like more playing time and is convinced he can get it at United. After consultation with our trainer Julian Nagelsmann, we have complied with the request and Marcel until 30.6. loaned to Manchester United. We wish him every success for the second half of the season with United.”
In the end, it seems that Sabitzer simply wanted to be on the field more.
Update #7: 1:23 EST — Done deal! Sabitzer to United looks complete
According to Sky Sport’s Florian Plettenberg, Bayern Munich midfielder Marcel Sabitzer’s loan move to Manchester United is a done deal:
❗️News #Sabitzer: Agreement between Bayern AND @ManUtd! Player said YES hours ago. Sabitzer is on verge to join #MUFC. It’s a loan. He is on his way to Manchester now. Chelsea out for now. @SkySportDE pic.twitter.com/l2zHNZQxLU— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) January 31, 2023
Georg Holzner of kicker is also pointing toward everything being set:
❗️wie schon von @TheAthletic und @SkySportDE berichtet, ist Marcel #Sabitzer auf dem Weg nach Manchester. Der Deal ist nach @kicker-Informationen so gut wie durch. Es fehlt nur noch der Medizincheck. Grundsätzliche Einigung. Leihe bis Saisonende. @fcbayern— Georg Holzner (@georg_holzner) January 31, 2023
❗️ as already reported by @TheAthletic and @SkySportDE, Marcel #Sabitzer is on his way to Manchester. According to @kicker information, the deal is as good as done. The only thing missing is the medical check. agreement in principle. Loan until the end of the season. @fcbayern
Please note that nothing official has been release by either club, nor the player’s camp just yet.
Update #6: 1:10PM EST — No option to buy on Sabitzer
It is becoming clear that this will be a loan deal that will send Bayern Munich midfielder Marcel Sabitzer to Manchester United. However, Sport Bild’s Christian Falk says there will not be an “option to buy” included in the move:
Update #5: 12:23PM EST — Sabitzer agrees to terms with United
Manchester United have agreed personal terms with Marcel Sabitzer — he has immediately accepted and he wants to work under Erik ten Hag. #MUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 31, 2023
He will be in Manchester later tonight waiting for breakthrough in the talks between Man Utd and Bayern on loan deal. pic.twitter.com/0ZEaqP9EhB
Sabitzer has also been spotted at the Munich airport:
Here is some footage of Sabitzer getting ready to travel:
Update #4: 9:10 AM — Eriksen might be out until May
If Manchester United is looking for Bayern Munich’s Marcel Sabitzer to fill in for Christian Eriksen, it could be a long-term assignment for this season. The Danish star could be out until May: (per the Manchester United club website):
Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen is expected to be out of action for an extended period because of an ankle injury sustained in our Emirates FA Cup victory over Reading on Saturday.
Our Danish midfielder was withdrawn in the second half of the 3-1 win, after being caught by a tackle from Reading striker Andy Carroll, who was later sent off for two bookable offences.
While investigations are continuing, initial assessments indicate that Eriksen is likely to be out until late April or early May.
The 30-year-old’s absence will be a big disappointment to manager Erik ten Hag and fans, given the consistency of his performances throughout the season so far, making 31 appearances since arriving at Old Trafford.
Update #3: 9:00 AM — Chelsea out on Sabitzer? United wants a loan?
Marcel Sabitzer wants to leave and Manchester United are now pushing in talks with Bayern. Discussions on the formula of the deal, ongoing. #MUFC #DeadlineDay— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 31, 2023
Chelsea are currently busy with other deals and not with Sabitzer as things stand. pic.twitter.com/biAyw4XkXW
Meanwhile, Sport1’s Kerry Hau is reporting that Sabitzer wants a full transfer, while Manchester United might be leaning toward a loan:
Sabitzer und ManUnited – es laufen Gespräche und der Spieler kann sich einen Transfer gut vorstellen, kurz vor dem Abschluss ist der Deal aber nicht. United würde gerne erstmal leihen, daher gibt es mehrere Modelle zu diskutieren. Die Zeit rennt, Ausgang offen! #FCBayern @SPORT1— Kerry Hau (@kerry_hau) January 31, 2023
Sabitzer and ManUnited – talks are underway and the player can well imagine a transfer, but the deal is not close to completion. United would like to go on loan first, so there are several models to discuss. Time is running, the exit is open! #FCBayern @SPORT1
Update #2: 8:50AM EST — Sabitzer wants to leave Bayern, Chelsea still fighting for him
According to Bild, Bayern Munich midfielder Marcel Sabitzer has surveyed the current — and future — landscape in the club’s central midfield and has decide that he wants to leave:
Marcel Sabitzer has decided to leave FC Bayern due to the lack of game time and the imminent signing of Konrad Laimer. With Christian Eriksen currently injured, Sabitzer could find his way into Manchester United's starting XI straight away [@BILD]— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) January 31, 2023
Christian Eriksen’s injury at Manchester United will allow Sabitzer a quick chance at field time, but nothing is set in stone just yet.
Sky Sport’s Florian Plettenberg says that the race between Manchester United and Chelsea is far from over:
❗️X News #Sabitzer: Been told that #MUFC is pushing a lot because of the injury of Eriksen. ManUnited has good chances. Sabitzer is ready to leave Munich today BUT: Negotiations with @ManUtd AND #CFC now as revealed. Open race. @SkySportDE pic.twitter.com/HmvTvpaok6— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) January 31, 2023
Update #1: 8:35AM EST — United could be close to a deal on Sabitzer
Sabitzer, an Austrian international who had a phenomenal first half of the season, seemingly looks like the odd man out of the midfield rotation behind starters Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.
While Sabitzer did a fantastic job filling in while Goretzka was out in the Hinrunde, his place on the squad has become complicated. In addition to Kimmich and Goretzka, Ryan Gravenberch has voiced his displeasure to the media twice in recent months about his lack of playing time, which has put the club in a bind when it comes to how to best manage all of the talent in the central midfield. Gravenberch was even linked to several clubs in recent weeks, including Liverpool FC.
In addition, manager Julian Nagelsmann recently dropped Jamal Musiala into the mix at the position to make room for Thomas Müller in the starting XI:
Sabitzer’s career at Bayern Munich flopped initially as he never looked comfortable last season. However, the star veteran, who can absolutely be a starter for another club, rebounded nicely during this campaign into a dependable compliment to Kimmich while the duo played together in the first half of the season.