Because the Premier League season attracts nearer, Erik ten Hag is realising the daunting activity he has undertaken as the brand new Manchester United supervisor.
Pre-season was a breeze as in comparison with the extraordinary scrutiny that may prevail come August 7. Outcomes will probably be analysed, criticised and the Dutchman must bear the brunt of the ire of followers and pundits alike if match outcomes go awry.
All that might have been minimised if the membership had managed to safe Ten Hag his precedence signings. It has been over 12 weeks for the reason that Purple Devils first touched base with Frenkie de Jong‘s entourage, but no decision has offered itself until now.
In accordance with Laurie Whitwell of the Athletic, senior figures in United’s switch thinktank proceed to garbage claims that the Dutch playmaker refuses to make the transfer to Previous Trafford.
United consider that the Netherlands worldwide’s transfer is solely being held up resulting from wage points and has nothing to do with the participant’s choice to remain again in Barcelona.
Chelsea have entered the fray, as reported beforehand, and they’re additionally in discussions with the La Liga membership. The London membership really feel the lure of Champions League soccer and relocation to the English capital will probably be onerous to withstand for the diminutive playmaker.
“A flawed name by United there, even when based mostly on Ten Hag’s steering, can be calamitous to this summer time’s recruitment,” is how the Athletic have summed up the scenario.
The publication additionally mentions that the chase bears quite a lot of resemblance with United’s protracted transfer for Jadon Sancho in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s second season in cost.
The Purple Devils have been assured that Borussia Dortmund would in the end collapse and promote the England worldwide for a decrease payment than quoted. It ended up backfiring spectacularly.
The 20-time English champions have been left scrambling for choices on the final days of window with the likes of Amad Diallo, Facundo Pellistri and Edinson Cavani arriving late on.
It isn’t like United are wanting options however not many are as gifted as De Jong. Sky Sports activities had talked about Ruben Neves and Renato Sanches however Wolves excessive valuation means a deal has not been forthcoming, Sanches has since made the transfer to PSG.
Within the long-term, United do need to recruit both of Declan Rice or Jude Bellingham however these two won’t be accessible earlier than subsequent summer time.
United have backed their new Dutch boss however the recruitment division of the dimensions and scale of United ought to have produced real, attainable options by now.
“De Jong is the essential piece of Ten Hag’s envisioned workforce, the heartbeat in midfield making these round him operate higher. It was July 14 when United agreed a deal value €85million with Barcelona — chief government Richard Arnold even joined Murtough in Catalonia to finalise the funds — but the season will begin with out him within the squad,” the Athletic write.
Supporters will probably be lower than happy as United head into the season mild on midfield, an space crying out for high quality for a while now.
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