Manchester United want Real Madrid's 34-year-old as backup for Hojlund: Reports

Joselu reached Santiago Bernabeu from Espanyol

Daniel Munoz and Jhon Arias Spain's Joselu in action with Colombia's Daniel Munoz and Jhon Arias | Reuters

Manchester United have set their eyes on Real Madrid forward Joselu, Spanish media reports claim. Joselu's "Premier League experience" is what has impressed Erik Ten Hag's team, which is likely to make a move for the 34-year-old in the summer window.

For Manchester United, Joselu is the perfect pick to play second fiddle to Rasmus Hojlund. They want Joselu in the squad as an experienced backup for the Danish striker, reports said. Joselu spent a total of three years in the Premier League, representing Stoke City and Newcastle United.

Two scouts representing Manchester United have already got in touch with Joselu's representatives to inquire about his circumstances, said quoting Relevo. The former Espanyol man has eight goals and two assists against his name for the La Liga leaders this season. Real Madrid want to make his stay at the Bernabeu permanent but the approach from the Premier League side could disrupt this plan, added.

What's next for Real Madrid

Los Blancos is up against the in-form Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Unbeaten at home since early August, the Basque club sit fourth in the table and will play in their 40th Copa del Rey final on April 6. But before travelling to Seville to face Mallorca in their third Cup final in the last five years, when they will bid to end a 40-year major trophy drought, Athletic should first see off the leaders.

If Athletic want to continue their winning run, they will have to do what no side has done this season - beat Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. Undefeated at home, Carlo Ancelotti's side has been held to only three draws at the Bernabeu in all competitions so far this campaign. Real's only two losses this season came at the hands of local rivals Atletico, a 3-1 La Liga defeat in September and a Cup exit on penalties in mid-January, both at a raucous Metropolitano stadium. Yet Real will be missing Brazil winger Vinicius Jr, who is suspended after receiving a fifth yellow card in their 4-2 win at Osasuna before the international break.

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