Manchester United will reportedly have to pay at least £30 million to make Marcel Sabitzer’s move permanent this summer.
Bayern Munich are now asking for a higher fee after the midfielder’s impressive performances at Old Trafford, according to the Daily Star.
The Red Devils signed Sabitzer on loan after Christian Eriksen sustained a serious injury in an FA Cup match in January.
United did not negotiate an option for the buyout clause in the player’s deal, with the player reportedly worth just £20 million at the time.
Should United sign Sabitzer permanently?
Sabitzer struggled to play in Germany but established himself as a key member of Erik ten Hag’s squad.
He made thirteen appearances in all competitions, including eight in the Premier League.
The 29-year-old was at his best in the recent 2-2 draw against Sevilla in the Europa League.
He put his side in a dominant position after scoring twice in the first half, but two late own goals dashed United’s hopes of winning the match.
The Austria international has played more than 500 minutes in the Premier League, averaging 1.4 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 1.3 clearances per game (according to WhoCcored).
He also completed 31.6 passes per game, which is close to an 80% pass accuracy rate.
Considering how Sabitzer has adapted to Old Trafford, United are likely to sign him permanently.
Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and West Ham United are also targeting the midfielder.
If the Red Devils are reluctant to meet Bayern’s demands, other Premier League clubs could take advantage and make a move for him.