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Manchester United offer five-year contract to ‘priority’ summer target after private talks with Erik ten Hag.



Erik ten Hag has had’several’ phone discussions with one of Manchester United’s top transfer targets, according to sources, as talks over a possible move continue.

This summer, United’s top objective has been to sign a new centre defender.

Much to the chagrin of co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the Premier League team was prevented from signing OGC Nice centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo, who impressed in Ligue 1 last season.

Jarrad Branthwaite was another target, and while the Everton and England defender is said to be interested in joining the squad at Old Trafford, negotiations appear to be stalled.

After much talk about their search for a new center-back, it appears that a transfer for Netherlands international Matthijs de Ligt

According to Dutch magazine De Telegraaf, United have made a five-year contract proposal for Bayern Munich centre-back De Ligt, who is ‘awaiting an agreement between both teams’.

In addition to these assertions, Erik ten Hag has spoken with De Ligt on several occasions over the phone.
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United see the player as a ‘increasingly viable contender’ to strengthen their backline. The 24-year-old centre-back, who joined Bayern from Juventus for £68 million in 2022, started 16 games for the Bundesliga club last season.

According to Bild’s Christian Falk, the German club is looking for roughly £59 million for the star this summer, but United is only willing to pay around £30 million.

Meanwhile, De Lift is a major Ten Hag fan. After taking over at Old Trafford in 2022, the former Ajax manager backed his previous manager’s success in Manchester.

“He is someone who loves his job and he loves to work,” according to De Ligt. “He’s really detail-oriented. This makes him an excellent trainer.

“He possesses many attributes necessary for success. He undoubtedly enhances players. He wants to do anything to help his team play better.”

Rasmus Hojlund, a Manchester United forward, was recently quizzed about the links surrounding De Ligt. “It has nothing to do with me.” I can’t answer that question, but he’s a good defender.

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Despite Erik ten Hag’s request to continue his contract, Manchester United may face a hectic summer transfer season.
Marcus Chan

Marcus Chan

Manchester United are about to lose one of its coaches, despite Erik ten Hag’s appeal.

Earlier this month, it was rumored that Dutchman Ten Hag will remain as United manager despite a disappointing 23/24 season.

United finished seventh in the Premier League and were eliminated from the Champions League in the group round.

However, the Red Devils finished the season on a high note, defeating Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium last month.

Benni McCarthy, United’s first-team coach, is expected to leave the club ahead of the next season.

According to The Athletic, the former Blackburn Rovers, Ajax, Celta Vigo, and FC Porto striker will leave his post at the end of his two-year contract, which expires this month.

According to the article, the lifelong United fan wishes to return to the position of manager. McCarthy had a good rapport with several of the United players and liked his time at Old Trafford.”

Earlier this month, it was reported that Ten Hag’s request was for the club to grant McCarthy a new contract.

With McCarthy’s departure approaching, transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano claims that United would add two new coaches to Ten Hag’s backroom crew.
He said on social media, “Exclusive story confirmed: Man United will add Ruud van Nistelrooy and René Hake from Go Ahead Eagles to their new backroom staff.”

“Erik ten Hag will sign new contract in the next days, all agreed and 100% done as revealed earlier this week.”

Ruud van Nistelrooy, a Dutchman, formerly played for United under Sir Alex Ferguson.

During his time at Old Trafford, the former striker scored 150 goals in 219 games and won one Premier League title, an FA Cup, one League Cup, and the FA Community Shield.Man Utd make contract decision on Erik ten Hag as staff changes confirmed

Manchester United make a contract decision on Erik ten Hag as staff changes are disclosed.
Erik ten Hag has nearly agreed to a new contract with Manchester United.

Erik ten Hag is likely to sign a new deal with Manchester United, after INEOS and Sir Jim Ratcliffe chose to keep him as manager.

After an end-of-season evaluation following the 2023/24 season, Manchester United chose to maintain Ten Hag.

The Red Devils ended ninth in the Premier League rankings, but an FA Cup final victory over Manchester City helped them rescue their season.

Man United have spoken to several managers before considering replacing the Dutchman, and he disclosed that the executives told him they had spoken with Thomas Tuchel.

However, a review resulted in him keeping his employment, with a new contract nearing completion, according to Fabrizio Romano.

A new agreement is nearly reached, with talks moving into the final phases this week.

Ten Hag’s agency is in talks with Manchester United, and Romano claims that changes will be made to his backroom staff following reports tying Ruud van Nistelrooy back to Old Trafford.

Van Nistelrooy has been connected with Burnley’s managerial job as they attempt to fill the vacuum left by Vincent Kompany’s transfer to Bayern Munich.

But Van Nistelrooy has been ‘approached’ by his previous club to join the backroom staff.Erik ten Hag celebrates winning the FA Cup with Manchester United. Image: Getty

Ten Hag was appointed Manchester United manager in May 2022 and has led the club to two titles.

He won the Carabao Cup in his rookie season then, as previously indicated, the FA Cup last season.

Man United finished third in his first year in charge, but they struggled in the league last season, placing eighth.

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Manchester United’seriously contemplating’ bid for £59 million-rated defender, and Erik ten Hag would ‘welcome’ the transfer.
He’s been on Manchester United’s radar for some time.
Jack Kenmare
Manchester United 'seriously considering' deal for £59 million-rated defender as Erik ten Hag would 'welcome' move
Jack Kenmare

Manchester United have identified a summer transfer target to reinforce their defensive line, and Erik ten Hag has ‘welcomed’ the move, according to a fresh report.

The Reds are expected to make several acquisitions in the coming months as Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his colleagues want to improve things on the pitch.

They have focused strengthening four positions: full-back, centre-back, central midfielder, and striker.

Ratcliffe recently blasted UEFA for preventing United from signing OGC Nice centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo, who impressed in Ligue 1 last season.

Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite is apparently ‘eager’ to join the Manchester United squad, but there could be a major stumbling block in negotiations.

Now, another possibility has emerged. According to The Athletic, United are’seriously contemplating’ signing Netherlands international Matthijs de Ligt.

The 24-year-old centre-back, who joined Bayern Munich from Juventus for £68 million in 2022, made 16 starts for the Bundesliga champions last season.

United sees him as a ‘increasingly feasible possibility’ to improve their back line, although negotiations have yet to begin.

David Ornstein claims there is ‘no assurance’ that a move would occur, but he has been identified as a ‘clear’ target. Erik ten Hag, who previously managed the player at Ajax, is also open to a reunion.

When asked about his current predicament while on international duty with the Netherlands this summer, De Ligt replied, “I’m relatively relaxed. Moments like this can be challenging.”

He continued, “Talking about it helps you loosen up and give your energies on the field instead of

Ligt appears to have been added to United’s shortlist, but he will not come cheap.

According to Bild’s Christian Falk in his CaughtOffside blog, Bayern Munich wants €70 million (£59.3 million) for the player this summer. United, meanwhile, are only willing to spend €35 million

The Dutch defender is a huge fan of Ten Hag. Back in 2022, after the former Ajax boss took over at Old Trafford, De Ligt backed his old manager to succeed in Manchester.

“He is someone who loves his job and he loves to work,” said De Ligt. “He’s really into the details. This makes him a really good trainer.

“He has a lot of qualities (to succeed). He definitely improves players. He wants to do everything to make his team play better.”

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The Dutch defender is a big fan of Ten Hag. De Ligt supported his former Ajax manager when he took charge at Old Trafford in 2022.

“He is someone who loves his job and he loves to work,” according to De Ligt. “He’s really detail-oriented. This makes him an excellent trainer.

“He possesses many attributes necessary for success. He undoubtedly enhances players. He wants to accomplish everything.

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