ERIK TEN HAG has outlined a shortlist of priority positions Manchester United should look to address in the transfer market, according to reports.
Ten Hag has held a meeting with United director John Murtough to discuss the areas United will prioritise.
Four players will be prioritised this summer, with two midfielders, a versatile attacker and a centre-half all on the list, according to The Telegraph.
United are set to lose a significant number of players this summer, with a mixture of sales and contract expirations expected to bolster the transfer kitty further.
Ten Hag’s long-term assistant Mitchell van der Gaag and former England boss Steve McLaren were also at the meeting, which is said to have taken place on Thursday after Ajax won the Dutch League for the third season in a row.
One of the targets United are likely to pursue is Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong.
The Red Devils are in the running for the Dutchman, in a transfer which could be worth around £70million.
Despite being a regular at cash-strapped Barcelona, the emergence of stars such as Pedri and Gavi have loosened Barca’s dependence on him, making them open to the idea of a transfer.
With Ten Hag on his way to United, this could further incentivise a move from De Jong’s camp, as he rose to prominence and fame under Ten Hag at Ajax.
Ten Hag has also informed United’s scouts to keep an eye out for the best free agents this summer, with the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Paulo Dybala potential options.
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In terms of a forward, United have also been linked with Ajax winger Antony, who could become the third Ajax player to have played under Ten Hag at Ajax and join United – along with De Jong.
Outgoings are where United’s window will unravel, though. The likes of Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly and Marcus Rashford are all either out of favour out of form or have one year left on their current deals.
If United want to bring in some more high quality recruits to speed along Ten Hag’s rebuild, then some of these stars will need to be moved on for decent fees.