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Who is Joshua Zirkzee? 10 things you might not know about Man United’s next striker – Man United News & Transfer News

Who is Joshua Zirkzee? 10 things you might not know about Man United’s next striker – Man United News & Transfer News


Joshua Zirkzee is set to become Manchester United’s first major male signing of the Ineos era.

Fabrizio Romano made his famous “here we go” sound this afternoon to indicate that a full agreement has been reached for the transfer of the Bologna player.

Now that the personal terms and brokerage fees have already been agreed, the 23-year-old will fly to the Netherlands tomorrow for a medical examination and complete the transfer before going on holiday.

But what can United fans expect from the Dutch forward? Here are five things you might not know about Joshua Zirkzee (sources: Bundesliga.com, Footballbiography.com, allnigeriasoccer.com, Transfermarkt.com)

1. Joshua uses the shortened form of his name, “Josh”.

2. He and his younger brother Jordan were obsessed with soccer as children and often played indoors, causing their parents to frequently redecorate the house.

3. Zirkzee started playing at the age of five for local club Hekelinger and then Spartaan’20 before being scouted by Den Haag. At fifteen he left for Feyenoord, but it was not until a year later that the elite clubs came looking for him.

4. Both United and Arsenal wanted Zirkzee in 2017 and Ronald Koeman also tried to sign him for Everton after an impressive trial period, but he opted for Bayern Munich.

5. Zirkzee scored a hat-trick on his debut for Bayern Munich’s youth team, Bayern II, in March 2019.

6. At Bayern he was coached by his compatriot Arjen Robben.

7. The striker made his debut for Bayern that same year in the 86th minute of a Champions League match against Tottenham Hotspur, which the Germans won 3–1.

8. Although Zirkzee was born in Schiedam, Holland, and plays for the Netherlands, he could have chosen to play for Nigeria, his mother’s birthplace. Zirkzee has dual nationality and Nigeria fought hard to have him represented at international level.

9. Zirkzee is known as a “unicorn” player due to his unique style, but is not a true striker, despite his height of 1.93 meters. He can easily function as a second striker. It is said that United plan to play Zirkzee regularly alongside Rasmus Hojlund, rather than as an alternative.

10. Zirkzee is not married and is in a relationship with Instagram model Celina Kerr.


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