League One Wigan Athletic are in a transfer battle with Championship sides Swansea City and Sheffield Wednesday for the signature of Manchester United midfielder Charlie Savage, according to Pete O’Rourke from Football Insider.
The 20-year-old, who is the son of former Blackburn Rovers and Wales midfielder Robbie Savage, is of interest to the EFL trio, with the three clubs exploring a potential loan and possibly even a permanent deal to secure the services of the midfielder, who has made one previous first-team appearance for the Red Devils in a Champions League fixture against Young Boys.
Savage has been training amongst Erik ten Hag’s first team during pre-season and he also captained a youthful Manchester United squad in the second half of last week’s 2-0 victory over Leeds United in Oslo, Norway.
The young midfielder also spent the second half of last season on loan at Forest Green Rovers in League One, making 15 appearances for the club and scoring one goal. Despite his contribution, he was unable to keep Rovers in the third tier as they were relegated alongside Accrington Stanley, Morecambe and MK Dons.
The 20-year-old midfielder is out of contract at Old Trafford in June 2025, with the Red Devils holding an option to extend his deal by a further 12 months.
🚨 EXCLUSIVE! 🚨 – Swansea, Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan in race for Man United star Charlie Savage. ⚔️
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Who are the interested clubs?
As previously stated, Wigan Athletic, alongside Swansea City and Sheffield Wednesday are all keen to strike a deal to bring Savage to their respective sides, with the potential of a move being either a loan or even a permanent deal.
Wigan Athletic are looking for a quick return to the Championship after relegation last time out, with the Latics finishing bottom of the league on 39 points in a miserable 22/23 campaign in which they were relegated to League One alongside Blackpool and Reading.
Swansea City are looking to build on their 10th-place finish in 22/23, now under the guidance of Michael Duff, who became their new head coach after leaving Barnsley following the departure of Russell Martin to Southampton.
Meanwhile, Sheffield Wednesday are gearing up for their first season back in the second tier following two years away. The Owls tasted promotion via the League One Playoffs last season in which they turned around a 4-0 deficit to beat Peterborough United on penalties, with Josh Windass bagging a 123rd-minute winner against Barnsley at Wembley in the final to seal their Championship return.
Charlie Savage is a player with a bright future but at 20 years of age, now is the time he goes out and play regular football, despite having a taste of playing in the EFL for Forest Green Rovers in the second half of last season.
The three interested clubs have their style and objectives ahead of the new campaign and if Savage was to move to any of them, he is sure to fit right in. Savage is still a project however, but the same can be said for the aforementioned clubs as they look to build and prepare for what could be a successful season.