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Glazer family set to splash the cash in unprecedented summer spending spree – Man United News And Transfer News

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Ralf Rangnick’s admission that Manchester United will be in the hunt for a striker this summer signals the start of a media frenzy that will be unprecedented at the club this year.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference ahead of today’s Premier League match against Southampton, the interim manager was asked if the club would be signing a young striker in the summer and said:

‘This is obvious. Edinson’s [Cavani] contract is running out in the summer and the club needs the best possible centre forward. This is an obvious one. I think everyone is aware of that.’

This means that the club will be seeking a new manager, new striker and new midfielder in the coming weeks, with the new manager also expected to have his say on the two (or more) new players.

United stayed idle in the January transfer window while the likes of Dusan Vlahovic and Julian Alvarez, two of the world’s top young striking talents, were snapped up by Juventus and Manchester City, respectively.

Juve also got defensive midfielder Denis Zakaria on a cut-price deal while United sat on their hands.

Reports suggested that the reason for the inactivity was due to the fact that the club wanted to wait until a permanent manager is appointed so that players are bought that are in line with his project.

This, in turn, means that reports about existing striker shortlists are likely to be inaccurate.

Although there is little doubt that Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, Spurs’ Harry Kane and Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez would be on any new manager’s wishlist, we can at this stage only speculate about who else might be pursued.

Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin has already been mooted and The BBC’s Simon Stone claims that Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak and Bayer Leverkusen’s Patrik Schick will be on the list, too.

Midfielders believed to be on the club’s shortlist include West Ham’s Declan Rice, RB Leipzig’s Amadou Haidara, Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara and Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham.

It all makes for one of the most exciting summers for many years, although many United fans will be preparing for frustration. They may be unable to imagine that the club’s controlling shareholders, the Glazer family, will come anywhere close to sanctioning the £300 million or so that would be needed to land a Haaland + Bellingham or Kane + Rice type of double swoop.

The situation will be further complicated if United do not finish in the top four this season, both in terms of lost revenue due to the absence from next year’s Champions League as well as the reluctance of top quality players to join a club that is not competing at the top level.

On the other hand, the Glazers have had summers where they have splashed the cash and they usually put money behind new managers. For example, in Louis van Gaal‘s first window in 2014, Angel di Maria, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao were brought in.

That all added up to just under €200 million and so Rangnick’s comments, their previous patterns of behaviour and the obvious urgent need for reinforcements all indicate that serious money will be spent this summer.





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Manchester United to give Erik ten Hag a summer transfer budget of €140 million – Man United News And Transfer News

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Manchester United are reportedly willing to grant new manager Erik ten Hag €140 million to spend in his first transfer window.

According to Mike Verweij, the club are willing to fully back the new manager and give him €140m or more to get his required targets.

Ten Hag reportedly flew into London along with his assistant Mitchell Van der Gaag on Wednesday.

The club are looking to finalise the deal to appoint Ten Hag’s coaching staff including Van der Gaag and Steve McLaren.

The Dutchman is expected to attend Man Utd’s final game of the season against Crystal Palace away at Selhurst Park.

If West Ham United win their game against Brighton, United will require a win to qualify for the UEFA Europa League.

The club could be at risk of dropping into the Conference League which could lead to a further financial blow.

From a transfer front, United are looking at strengthening the midfield, with strong links to Frenkie De Jong as a possible target.

Samuel Luckhurst( Manchester Evening News) stated that the club were looking at a long-term replacement for Nemanja Matic in defensive midfield.

As per The Telegraph, Ten Hag is said to be keen to bring Ajax’s Jurien Timber and Lisandro Martinez along with him to Old Trafford to bolster the defence.

Brazilian winger Anthony has also been mentioned as a possible target in what seems like a raid on Ajax players.

 





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Erik ten Hag shares his thoughts on joining Manchester United – Man United News And Transfer News

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Erik ten Hag has shared his thoughts on managing Manchester United a few days after wrapping up the Eredivisie title with Ajax.

The Dutchman remained close-lipped for the past few weeks despite the confirmation of the move to United.

He wanted to focus his energy on successfully retaining the title with Ajax.

His team won the title in style, thrashing Heerenveen 5-0 at home.

After his last game in charge against Vitesse, Ten Hag was asked whether he would be taking  a break before going to England to which he replied: “It’s time to turn the switch now.”

“It’s something that is needed because there is a lot to take care of and I have the energy for it.”

Ten Hag reportedly terminated his contract six weeks in advance to start work early in Manchester.

In a recent interview, Ten Hag spoke about his ambitions and his expectations for the Premier League.

He stated that he is disappointed about the club not making the Champions League and will miss the competition a lot.

“Painful for United, but also me. It’s a competition I’m going to miss incredibly. But the fact that I’m going to work in the Premier League makes up for a lot.”

“United has an enormous reach, worldwide.”

“I think I will encounter the same force fields at United as at Ajax, only a factor of three or four larger.”

He mentioned how pleased he is to work with Cristiano Ronaldo: “He is a giant that is still very ambitious.”

“Of course I want to keep him at Man Utd. He was important for them again this year, his stats are great.”

 





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Frenkie De Jong: The Athletic confirms Manchester United’s interest in Barcelona midfielder – Man United News And Transfer News

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Manchester United are reportedly working on a deal to sign FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong.

As per Laurie Whitwell (The Athletic), the club are keen on bringing the Dutchman to Old Trafford.

De Jong has previously worked with Ten Hag, and was an integral part of his famous 2018-19 Ajax team.

United are said to be looking to sign players in conjunction with Ten Hag’s philosophy and style of play.

We previously reported the breaking news a couple of days ago, when Gerard Romero stated that United were close to completing this transfer.

Since then, there have been conflicting reports on whether Xavi would be willing to let his star man leave.

The Barcelona manager stated:  “I have said many times that Frenkie is very important. He’s key player.”

“Then there is also the financial situation of the club and it has to be decided.”

“I’m not talking about Frenkie, in general.”

Barcelona are said to be interested in signing Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich.

According to Miquel Blazquez, the Catalan club are looking to free up funds by selling one of their prime assets – De Jong.

Xavi is blessed with a core of young midfielders like Pedri and Gavi to build his squad around.

United need to take advantage of this situation and get De Jong signed up as soon as possible.





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