Erik ten Hag given nine-figure budget for first Man Utd transfer window

Erik ten Hag is just weeks away from officially starting his work as Manchester United’s next permanent manager, having signed a three-year deal last month.

The Dutchman secured a third consecutive Eredivisie title earlier this week and will oversee his final game in charge of Ajax on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester United are in need of deep surgery this summer, with many outgoings expected as Ten Hag eyes rebuilding the club from their ruins.

Wholesale changes to the first-team squad are expected but according to reports, Ten Hag won’t have an unlimited budget to work with and will need to spread a £120m kitty across six positions.

That’s according to CaughtOffside, who say that the nine-figure budget includes any funds generated from sales and exits on free transfers. Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Lee Grant and Edinson Cavani will all leave the club this summer upon the expiry of their contracts.

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As per the report, the 52-year-old has worked together with United’s existing recruitment specialists to identify six positions in need of reinforcements.

A right-back is said to be on the agenda, as well as a pair of central defenders to complete a full makeover of United’s leaking backline. The club will also look to strengthen the team in other areas, with two midfielders, one winger and a striker understood to be on the former Utrecht boss’ wishlist.

Earlier this week, there were suggestions from Portugal that Ten Hag was happy with Diogo Dalot and that the former Porto star is ‘firm’ in his plans, which spells bad news for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

As per the report from CaughtOffside, the former Crystal Palace defender is on the market and discussions have already been held with potential suitors. His high wages, believed to be roughly £100,000 per week, is proving to be quite the stumbling block, however.

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  1. What a disgrace. 120mil for 6 players? What do they want him to buy? GLAZERS GET OUT OF OUR CLUB. Only interested in commercial side. Completely out of touch with the game. We need a new board and new owners.

    1. Glazers are useless….120m to sign 6players…it will never be well with the glazers…teg hag please clear out Maguire,telles,all the free agents,Fred,and mic partnership in midfield and buy a cm,dm, forward,centreback… anybody that does not listen to you…let him rout on the bench…wish u success

  2. I accept we have spent a big amount over the years, but we spent all our earnings that we generated, but our owners keep taking all our extra revenue to finance the American side that they own and build them a new stadium, what can we do to help them to sell us to a loyal owner that know what football is all about, it’s time for them to go , we need a new team but so called £120 million will not help our new manager build a team at first attempt.

  3. We are tired of you the glazers, we are suffering just handover the club in peace.

  4. The £120,m INCLUDES funds from sales! The board have just woken up and think it is April 1st!

    £20,m = Lindelof, £15,m = Bailly, £10,m = Tuanzebe, £15,m = Telles, £10,m = Pereira, £25,m = Martial. Those six players are bringing in £95,m (if United are lucky), so the board are putting another £35,m. Who writes this rubbish.

    £20,m = Evan N’Dicka, £35,m = Goncalo Inacio, £20,m = Ibrahim Sangare, FREE = Boubacar Kamara, £70,m = Darwin Nunez and £80,m = Lautaro Martinez. Those six players coming in will cost £225,m.

    Just hope that Brandon Williams can offer a challenge to Luke Shaw and that Wan-Bissaka and Dalot can do better on the right hand side.

    Midfield will still be light – Kamara and Sangare being the defensive midfielders, McTominay and Fred alternate as central midfielders, whilst Fernandes and Van de Beek fight it out for the attacking midfield positions.

  5. Some of the comments on here are nuts, are we expecting even MORE money to solve it? We have thrown the cash at it (and still will with this 120m) time and time again and gotten to this dogged season. We will sell the deadwood…
    The manager will get his squad how he wants it, and what he built at Ajax was certainly not on 120m budgets every season! Trust in the manager, he has identified targets.

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