€2.5m release clause, 11 goals and 7 assists - Manchester United to get a close look

Bayer Leverkusen

German international Sidney Sam impressed against England last night, and can put Manchester United to the sword next week.

England's 0-1 loss to Germany at Wembley on Tuesday night was a pretty dull affair, but there was one real bright spot for fans.

25-year-old winger Sidney Sam impressed with his quick pace when he was brought on, creating two goalscoring opportunities and causing the English defence all kinds of problems.

Next week Sam faces several of the English team once again, when Manchester United travel to Bayer Leverkusen.

He has been in phenomenal form for the German side this season, and the high profile Champions League game is the perfect opportunity for Sam to put himself in the shop window.

This season he has already scored an impressive 11 goals, and provided seven assists, form which is currently causing his side to feel a little uncomfortable.

That is because his contract contains a bargain priced release clause of just €2.5 million, confirmed last week by sporting director Rudi Voller.

He spoke of planning to try and change it ahead of the transfer window, telling Bild: "We have agreed that we will get together at Christmas, it will be difficult."

Sam has been linked this month with a switch to Liverpool, but an impressive performance against Manchester United next week will up his reputation and see even more clubs begin to show an interest, potentially even United themselves who have unanswered questions regarding their wingers.

Last season he scored five goals and provided five assists in 32 games, figures he has already by-passed, illustrating his rapid growth as a player.

His affordable price tag and rampant form makes him one of the most eligible players in Europe, and given the recent influx of German players to the Premier League - his arrival is a genuine option come January. 

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