Manchester United will allow Erik ten Hag to be ‘very hands-on’ over potential Old Trafford transfers as it was ‘one of the key requisites’ the Dutchman asked for in negotiations over the manager’s job, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The Red Devils have been on the lookout for a new permanent boss as Ralf Rangnick, who took over as the club’s interim manager last November, will shift into a consultancy role at the end of the season.
What’s the latest news involving ten Hag?
According to The Athletic, Ajax chief ten Hag is on the brink of being appointed as Manchester United’s new manager after reaching an agreement with the Red Devils hierarchy.
The report suggests the Premier League giants are yet to negotiate a compensation package with ten Hag’s current employers, where he has won five trophies, but he is expected to pen a contract which will run for up to four years.
Having held discussions with Manchester United, ten Hag was initially considering other options – including a fresh contract at Ajax – but it appears he has been persuaded to head to Old Trafford.
An alternative destination appeared to be RB Leipzig as the Bundesliga outfit were understood to be looking to make a last-ditch attempt to hijack ten Hag’s move to the Red Devils.
But it seems Leipzig have failed in their pursuit, although it was confirmed that there would not be a written agreement or announcement until after today’s Dutch Cup final between Ajax and PSV Eindhoven.
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What has Pete O’Rourke said about ten Hag?
O’Rourke understands that ten Hag made it clear in negotiations that he would only take over as Manchester United’s new manager if he is given a leading role in identifying transfer targets.
The journalist believes the 52-year-old was keen to ensure he would be in charge of welcoming reinforcements to Old Trafford.
O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “He will definitely have a say on transfers. All suggestions are that ten Hag is going to be very hands-on in the recruitment process at Old Trafford.
“That’s been one of the key requisites that he’s asked for while negotiating his contract at Manchester United.”
Who does ten Hag want to sign?
According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur frontman Harry Kane and Declan Rice are at the top of ten Hag’s list of transfer targets ahead of his appointment being confirmed.
The report suggests Benfica’s Darwin Nunez could also be drafted in to strengthen Manchester United’s forward line, while Kalvin Phillips, Ruben Neves, Yves Bissouma, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Aurelien Tchouameni have been identified as midfield options.
Antonio Rudiger and Ajax’s Jurrien Timber could beef up the Red Devils’ backline, but ten Hag may reportedly be made to contend with a budget of just £20million if Manchester United miss out on Champions League qualification.