Erik ten Hag to get £120 million to spend plus player sales
Manchester United will hand Erik ten Hag £120 million to spend this summer, plus fees from player sales.
The Times report Ten Hag’s expected budget, and he could spend £55 million on Ajax winger Antony.
Ten Hag was confirmed as United boss on Thursday, although he will finish the season with Ajax.
United are facing a major rebuild this summer after a dreadful season.
It is possible with player sales that United could push the summer budget up towards £150 million.
Several stars including Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani will leave on a free, but others like Anthony Martial could be sold.
United need to strengthen in several positions, from defence, to midfield and attack.
With Ten Hag now appointed, United can get on with pursuing transfer targets, able to show players a sense of direction.
Persuading Antony could be straightforward, with the Brazilian winger having 20 goal involvements for Ajax this season under Ten Hag.
Despite the spending plans, United hope Ten Hag can improve the team’s under performing players, putting his coaching skills to good use.
The club reportedly have no plans to pursue Declan Rice amid West Ham’s asking price of £150 million.
Kalvin Phillips is named in the report as a target, although it is unclear if Leeds could be persuaded to sell.
- INSIGHT: Erik ten Hag worked for two years at Bayern Munich II, learning from first team boss Pep Guardiola.
- IMPACT: After a spell at Utrecht, Ten Hag was hired by Ajax and within 18 months had led them to a Champions League semi-final.
- TROPHIES: Ten Hag has won two Eredivisie titles with Ajax and two KNVB Cups, and hopes to win a third title this season.
- GOALS: Ajax have scored 89 goals in the league this season and conceded only 15 in 31 matches.