19 Goal Premier League Star Drops Big Transfer Hint Amid Interest From United

Manchester United target Ollie Watkins has hinted that he will stay at Aston Villa next season.

The Red Devils have been tipped to make an “audacious swoop” for the England international, who scored 19 Premier League goals as Villa secured fourth spot. However, speaking about his personal ambitions, Watkins said he is keen on playing in the Champions League:

“We have been tremendous all season – very consistent – and we finished where we deserved – with Champions League football coming to Villa Park. Next year will be very special. What happened at Palace was poor – individually and collectively – but this doesn’t tell the story of our season. We’ve been great all year.”

“On a personal note, I’ve been consistent. There’s not much more I can do. It was the aim – to get to 20 goals – but there’s always next season. Has it been a breakthrough? Yes. But I wasn’t surprised by how well I’ve done because of all the hard work I’ve put in. And next season will be better, I’m sure of that.”

Signing Watkins was a long shot

United’s interest in the 28-year-old was somewhat surprising considering that the forward had only signed a four-and-a-half-year contract extension back in October.

Erik ten Hag’s side are said to have a rather limited transfer budget and, while they are keen on recruiting a No.9, Watkins would probably have been outside of their price range anyway. The likes of Chelsea and Arsenal have also been linked with the player.

Which other strikers could United target?

RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko and Brentford’s Ivan Toney are both on the club’s radar and the Red Devils will have a decent chance of recruiting them this summer.

Sesko has a €65m (£56m) release clause in his contract at Leipzig, while Toney is closing in on the final year of his contract so he could be purchased for a reasonable fee as well.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.