Erik ten Hag in trouble as ‘current’ Man Utd transfer budget comes to light
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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag currently stands to have a transfer budget of just £100million this summer, it has been claimed. The Red Devils are a club shrouded in uncertainty amid the ongoing takeover saga. Sir Jim Ratcliffe seemed to have edged ahead last week, but there are murmurings Sheikh Jassim is still in the hunt as the clock continues to tick down.
According to ESPN journalist Mark Ogden, speaking to The United Stand, Ten Hag will currently have just £100m at his disposal for this summer’s transfer window.
While that should still be enough to land at least one marquee player, the Red Devils are actually hoping to strengthen various areas of their squad as they look to challenge for the Premier League title next season.
Harry Kane is Ten Hag’s top transfer target, having continued to shine for Tottenham despite another problematic season in north London.
But Spurs won’t want to lose their talisman to a fierce rival and, therefore, United face paying a premium fee.
Tottenham chief Daniel Levy hasn’t sold a single player to the Red Devils since Dimitar Berbatov, who switched between the two teams all the way back in 2008.
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And Levy is likely to demand a fee in the region of £100m for Kane alone, which would eat into all of United’s budget.
They face paying a similar fee to land Victor Osimhen, too, with Napoli determined to keep hold of the Nigeria international.
The 24-year-old has bagged 28 goals from 36 appearances this season, propelling his side to a first Scudetto since 1990 in the process.
And while Napoli are bracing themselves for offers for defender Kim Min-jae, they’ve already made it clear they’d love Osimhen to stay at the club for the long haul.
It isn’t just a new striker United want as the start of the summer transfer window continues to edge closer.
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They’re open to landing a new goalkeeper, despite an expectancy David De Gea will stay at the club and sign a new contract.
The futures of Dean Henderson, Tom Heaton and Nathan Bishop are all uncertain – and players such as Diogo Costa and David Raya, of Porto and Brentford respectively, have emerged as possible targets.
United have seen right-backs Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka do well enough this season.
But they’re eyeing an upgrade, with links to Bayer Leverkusen star Jeremie Frimpong refusing to die down.
United would also love to land another midfielder as well.
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It’s unclear if they’ll sign Marcel Sabitzer on a permanent basis, having drafted the Austrian in from Bayern Munich back in January.
There’s been talk of a potential deal for Ryan Gravenberch, despite Liverpool appearing to be the frontrunners in the race to acquire the Bayern Munich star.
And there’s also been speculation suggesting United are interested in Premier League trio James Maddison, Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo.
United may also revive interest in Frenkie de Jong, having missed out on the Barcelona star last summer.
Meanwhile, Ten Hag recently confirmed he was in the dark over how much he’ll have to spend this summer.
“I don’t know,” stated the 53-year-old. “The only thing I know is that Man United is one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“But you need funds to construct squads because the level from your players decides if you are successful or not.
“High-level players cost a lot of money.”
When quizzed on if he’d like to know as soon as possible, the 53-year-old continued: “Yeah, it’s clear what I want, but it’s not up to me.
“It’s about others in this club. I’m focusing on improving the squad and the team development.”
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