Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah has completed his transfer to Bayer Leverkusen

Timothy Fosu-Mensah has completed his £1.8 million move from Manchester United to Bayer Leverkusen.

The 23-year-old defender leaves Old Trafford having made 30 first-team appearances over the past six-and-a-half season – but just three this season.

His time with United also included loan spells at Crystal Palace in 2017-18 and Fulham the following season as successive managers failed to be impressed enough to give him a regular spot.

Fosu-Mensah has now agreed a contract until 2024 with the Bundesliga club, who are currently third in the table and hopeful of challenging Bayern Munich for the title.

A source close to Fosu-Mensah has told the Manchester Evening News that the 23-year-old is sad to be leaving United but is ‘excited to get a fresh start and show people what he is really capable of.’

He had rejected the offer of a new three-year contract tabled by United last month.


The Holland international with Ghanaian heritage is well regarded for his versatility and is capable of playing at centre-half, right-back or as a defensive midfield.

‘Timothy is a technically adept, fast and physically strong defender who can be used as a right-back and also in the centre,’ said Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes.

‘Tim is still young and capable of development.’

Fosu-Mensah, who has been handed Leverkusen’s No 24 shirt, said: ‘[This is] a step into a really interesting and very strong league in which Bayer has been one of the best teams for years.

‘I’m really looking forward to working with this team and also with [coach] Peter Bosz.

‘I’ve talked a lot with the trainer in the past few days and conversations with Simon Rolfes and Rudi Voller have convinced me there are great prospects in Leverkusen, both for me personally and for us as a team.

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