Manchester United has approached the signing of Dutch player Wuth Wighurst, the Burnley player currently on loan to Turkish Besiktas, known as "Messi's enemy", after the famous quarrel that occurred between them after the last World Cup quarter-final match in Qatar.

The "Red Devils" are seeking to contract with the Dutch star to compensate for the departure of his former striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was recently transferred to the Saudi Al-Nasr team.

According to British press reports, the club's management will pay 10 million dollars to obtain the player's services officially, and it is expected that the deal will be officially announced within the next few hours.

🦅 Wout weghorst, gol sevincini taraftarlarıyla paylaştı!


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The Dutch giant - who is 1.97 meters tall - seemed to bid farewell to his Turkish team in the last match he played against Qasim Pasha in the Turkish Premier League, after he waved his hands to the supporters and placed his hand on his heart as an expression of his love for them.

"Messi's enemy"

Although his name did not appear in the English Premier League competitions last season with Burnley, the Dutch star clearly shone this season with his Turkish team, by scoring 8 goals and passing 4 decisive balls.

And he gained great fame in the World Cup in Qatar, when he starred remarkably in his country's match against Argentina in the quarter-finals, scoring two exciting goals and a penalty kick, despite the fact that he did not start since the start of the World Cup.

Wighorst (right) scored two goals in the Argentina-Netherlands match in the World Cup quarter-finals in Qatar (Reuters)

As for the most prominent incident that made everyone recognize Wighurst even more than goals and football performance, it remains his exposure to a "fierce" attack from Lionel Messi after the match, when he addressed him with the famous phrase, "What are you looking at, you idiot? Go away, you idiot?"

He is making a statement to an Argentine channel.



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After the match, the Dutch player expressed his shock and surprise at Messi's reaction, and said at the time, "I wanted to shake his (Messi's) hand after the match, but he hit my hand and did not want to talk to me."

Personal challenge

The expected return of the 30-year-old Dutch player will be a personal challenge for him in order to prove himself in the “Premier League” after the poor level he showed with his former team, Burnley.

During 20 Premier League matches last season, Wighurst only hit the net on two occasions, a modest tally for a striker in the world's strongest league.

Wighorst scored 8 goals for the Besiktas team in the Turkish League this season (Getty Images)

The star of the "Mills" team will also have special support from the "Red Devils" coach - his compatriot Eric Ten Hag - who knows him well and has followed his level since he was playing in the "Erdivisie".

It is noteworthy that Manchester United - who occupies fourth place in the Premier League - is looking for a spearhead to strengthen its ranks since the departure of Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo before the 2022 World Cup after an interview with Piers Morgan in which he attacked the English club and the team coach.