Ten Hag tried to hijack Bayern Munich move for Ryan Gravenberch
Erik ten Hag tried to sign Ryan Gravenberch for Manchester United, report Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
But the Ajax star’s switch to Bayern Munich was so advanced, Ten Hag’s enquiry came too late.
Gravenberch is set to complete a £21 million move to Bayern Munich, after arriving in Germany to put the final touches on the transfer, The Mail reported.
The midfielder made his Ajax debut under Ten Hag and played a key role in their Eredivisie title triumph this season.
Ryan Gravenberch comments on United interest
The Dutch international explained: “Manchester United is a very big and beautiful club. But I already had such a good feeling at Bayern and I had given my word.”
Gravenberch has signed a five-year contract at Bayern. It’s unclear at what stage Ten Hag enquired, but Gravenberch’s move to the German giants has been in the pipeline for months now.
£21 million is a bargain fee and Bayern have bought shrewdly. Gravenberch was represented by Mino Raiola before the agent’s recent death.
Ten Hag was also linked with making a move for another Bayern signing, right-back Noussair Mazraoui.
The Mirror claimed back in May that Ten Hag had asked United to try and land the free agent, but similarly, Mazraoui’s switch to Bayern was already too advanced and he was unwilling to change his mind.
Missing out on the pair is a product of both United’s lack of Champions League football, and appointing Ten Hag so late.
If an agreement with the Dutchman had been reached as far back as January, then he could have had more say in the futures of the Ajax pair, allowing United to begin targeting them far sooner.
Bayern began their pursuit of the duo months ago and are set to complete the double move.
Next summer Manchester United may be similarly well organised, but the priority now is getting targets in this summer, with Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong the top target.