Manchester United spent heavily over the summer, with Chelsea being the only Premier League club to spend more money. Erik ten Hag brought in six new faces in total, with most players already establishing themselves as crucial first-team regulars.
Despite heavy investments, there is still a feeling that United could improve a couple of areas, with the midfield and forward departments being two areas in need of strengthening.
Ten Hag’s signing have already made a positive impact this season and according to reports, the Dutchman has now been given clearance to spend another £70m in the January transfer window.
That’s according to The Sun, who say that Ten Hag will be handed the war chest to strengthen his squad in the next transfer window and that kitty could rise to £100m if Cristiano Ronaldo leaves.
As per the report, United being able to get Ronaldo’s salary off the wage bill, believed to be £450,000 per week, is crucial to the budget rising to nine figures.
It’s believed that Ten Hag will be continued to be backed in the January market and another pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has not been ruled out.
United rarely do business in January but their most recent acquisition in that window turned out to be a very good one. Bruno Fernandes joined the Reds from Sporting in January 2020.
It’s clear that Ten Hag is still keen on adding new players to his squad but first-choice targets are rarely available halfway through the season.
In De Jong’s case, he is still on the periphery at Barcelona as manager Xavi prefers both Pedri and Gavi to the Dutchman. That could offer United an opportunity to pounce.