Murtough flies out for Ten Hag 'transfer summit', with Van der Gaag and Steve McClaren

Manchester United’s new vision is a step closer to moving ahead after Ajax clinching the Eredivisie title allowed Erik ten Hag to renew his focus towards his new job.

Since being announced by United, ten Hag has had laser focus on completing his job with Ajax, understandably, so he can leave on a high.

Now there have been some fresh developments, which indicate Ten Hag has decided on his yet to be announced coaching staff.

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‘Transfer summit’

Manchester United director of football John Murtough has flown out for talks with Erik ten Hag today, in what The Telegraph describes as a ‘transfer summit’.

And while details of those transfer talks are for now, between Murtough and Ten Hag, the real news surrounds the other two people in attendance.

Ten Hag’s future Manchester United assistants are yet to be announced, but the presences of two new faces at the ‘transfer summit’, indicates they will soon be joining Ten Hag in Manchester.

Ajax assistant Mitchell van der Gaag was present. He has worked with ten Hag throughout his spell at the Dutch champions, and is renowned for his defensive coaching.

Also present was former Manchester United assistant Steve McClaren, who  The Guardian reported a month ago, could join Ten Hag at Old Trafford.

Ten Hag actually worked under McClaren as the Englishman won the title with Twente more than a decade ago.

The incoming United boss has wanted an assistant on his staff with in-built knowledge of United, and McClaren could be a masterstroke, along with Van der Gaag.

Van der Gaag and McClaren are just really an announcement away from joining Ten Hag. Their presence at this early ‘transfer summit’ shows they will be key figures.

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Who could come in

The Telegraph report Ten Hag has four key transfer objectives, which include two central midfielders, one centre-back, and one forward.

The total transfer haul could be far greater, but these are the key positions Ten Hag wants to address this summer.

Frenkie de Jong has been strongly linked by Barcelona expert Gerard Romero, but The Telegraph‘s report backs up suggestions that the midfielder has not yet fully come around to the idea of leaving the Spanish club.

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