It only seems right that Manchester United will wait to announce Erik ten Hag as their new manager before pursuing summer transfer targets.
This will delay things a little – but the club knew that would be the case when they appointed an interim manager to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer midway through the season.
It can prevent the club from doing deals early because the transfer targets are bound to question who will be the manager next season. Until that is set in stone, Manchester Evening News claims United will not advance with any transfers.
The incoming manager will have a right to veto any potential deal, which would seemingly come as a change from last summer, when there was a debate whether Solskjaer had any choice in the matter of re-signing a 36-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo.
This could help Erik ten Hag actually build a successful squad for the future and that is obviously something I want to see happen.
An announcement is expected next week once Ajax take on PSV Eindhoven in Sunday’s Dutch Cup Final, but a verbal agreement has already been reached between United and Ten Hag, with his present club expected to play ball and allow the Dutchman to join Old Trafford.
The transfer window opens on June 10, so United still have time to get deals done early, with players like Kalvin Phillips and Christopher Nkunku named as targets in the MEN article. It is also believed that United could be in the market for a full-back, a centre-back and a back-up goalkeeper, depending on the goalkeeping situation.
There are claims that Leeds United midfielder Phillips wants a new deal at Elland Road, but I question whether the Red Devils would waste time ‘working on a deal’ to sign a player who wasn’t interested in joining this summer.
One confirmed as the new manager, United must give Ten Hag the opportunity to sit at the table and discuss not only the targets we know about, but the players he thinks could join in the coming months to help him implement his preferred style of football.
Let us know in the comments who you would like to see United sign in the summer?