Erik ten Hag is on the verge of sealing his a deal to become Manchester United manager. The Athletic report the Dutchman has ‘verbally agreed’ with the Red Devils.

Ten Hag is a major coup, as he has shown with his work at Ajax since 2017. He is close to securing a third league title and hopes to win a third Dutch Cup this weekend too.

He has achieved his success at Ajax without spending the large transfer fees the club received for Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek.

Instead his biggest signings have been far more modest, and very successful. Here is a look at Ten Hag’s five most expensive Ajax signings…

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Sebastien Haller: £20.25 million

Ten Hag signed Haller for the second time last January, rescuing the striker from an unhappy spell at West Ham.

The Dutchman had previously paid £675,000 to sign Haller for Utrecht in 2015.

At Ajax, Haller has reinvigorated his career, scoring 11 goals in the Champions League this season, and he has netted more than 50 for the club already.

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Daley Blind: £14.4 million

A familiar name to Manchester United fans. Ten Hag was keen to bring Daley Blind back to Ajax when Jose Mourinho made him available and he has been a key player for the club.

Blind featured strongly in Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-final in 2019, and has still been a regular in this year’s campaign too.

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Antony: £14.1 million

Ten Hag will have a bigger budget at Manchester United than Ajax, and he will need it if he wants to sign Antony for a second time.

Manchester United will be looking at triple the fee Ajax paid to Sao Paulo in 2020 to bring Antony to the Premier League.

The Telegraph has reported the winger is top of Ten Hag’s most wanted list once he arrives at Old Trafford.

Quincy Promes: £14.1 million

Ajax’s move to sign Quincy Promes from Sevilla was an immediate hit, with the winger scoring 16 goals in his first season at the club.

However, Promes’ could not keep up this form, scoring only six times the following year, and Ajax ended up selling him to former club Spartak Moscow at a loss, for just £7 million.

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Edson Alvarez: £13.5 million

Ten Hag signed Alvarez from Mexican side Club America, and the star has gone onto become a key player in defensive midfield in Ajax’s system.

The move showed Ten Hag’s openness to continue to look across the globe for his signings. Among these top five buys, two came from English clubs, one from Spain, one from Brazil and one from Mexico.

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