New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is set to be handed a massive £120million budget to rejuvenate the side in summer, according to reports.
The 52-year-old was confirmed as the club’s new manager on Thursday morning after agreeing to a three-year deal with option of an additional year and will replace interim manager Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.
The Dutchman faces a an almighty challenge at Old Trafford as he inherits a floundering side who are set to go a fifth season without silverware and have slipped to sixth in the race for top four.
New Man United boss Erik ten Hag will reportedly be given £120million to spend this summer
The Dutchman faces a an almighty challenge at Old Trafford as he inherits a floundering side
There is an admission at the club that the Red Devils need to strengthen their squad in certain areas and Ten Hag will therefore be given £120million to hit the transfer market this summer, according to The Times.
The budget will reportedly increase if United manage to sell any players when the window opens.
Paul Pogba is one of four players whose United contract is set to expire at the end of the current campaign. Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata also have their terms ending this June and look set to leave the club alongside the Frenchman.
Paul Pogba is one of four players whose United contract is set to expire at the end of the term
Nemanja Matic has also announced that this will be his final season at Old Trafford. There are also doubts over the long-term futures of Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Anthony Martial and Andreas Pereira.
The recruitment team have reportedly already held talks with Ten Hag – who, like his predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, will have a veto on all signings – and Ajax winger Antony is said to be among the targets.
The Brazilian could be available for around £50million and impressed in the Eredivisie this season, registering eight goals and four assists.
Another of Ten Hag’s Ajax stars, Lisandro Martinez, and Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt have also been linked.
Ajax winger Antony, who played under Ten Hag in Holland, is said to be among the targets
In midfield, Kalvin Phillips is viewed as an alternative to West Ham’s Declan Rice, whose £150million price tag is believed to have deterred United.
United chose the Dutch manager for his reputation for improving players and there is hope at the club that he can reignite their underperforming stars.
Bruno Fernandes, David de Gea and Raphael Varane are reportedly considered world class by United and the club could look to build their new look side around them.
Meanwhile, there is reportedly belief that Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay will be hitting their peak, while Jadon Sancho could develop into another star under Ten Hag.
United are also reportedly targetting Kalvin Phillips (left) and Lisandro Martinez (right)
The club also believe that Ten Hag can nature the talents of Anthony Elanga, Alejandro Garnacho and Hannibal Mejbri – who was the only player to earn praise for his performance against Liverpool on Tuesday.
Ralf Rangnick is now set to move upstairs at Old Trafford when his stint in the dugout comes to an end next month, and he admits he has already alerted the board to individuals he believes would improve their fortunes on the pitch.
However, the 63-year-old has warned that it will take more than a couple of new faces to lift the side back into competition for the Premier League title, a position the Red Devils have not found themselves in ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
‘There might be a couple of players – and I have already named those players to the board – that independent from formation, from style of football, and independent from a new manager, that could be of interest for a club like United,’ he said in an interview with Sky Sports.
Interim boss Ralf Rangnick suggested there could be 10 new players arriving at Old trafford
The interim manager claimed United need a blank canvas this summer as he suggested 10 players could arrive at the club.
Following the mauling by Liverpool, Rangnick told Sky Sports: ‘If you analyse the situation, it is not difficult. There will be six, seven, eight, maybe 10 new players.
‘At Liverpool, the profile for each position has been clear and that’s why they are where they are.
‘At Manchester United, this hasn’t been the case with every change of manager. New players came in, but it was not under that pre-condition of how do we want to play.’