Manchester United have reportedly reached out to Ajax to understand the financial elements involved if they appoint Erik ten Hag as their new manager.
According to Sky Sports, Manchester United are exploring the financial aspects of acquiring Erik ten Hag as their new manager. The Premier League giants have reportedly reached out to understand the compensation pay package to be paid if they are to appoint the 52-year-old Dutchman.
Appointing a new manager is Manchester United’s top priority before the next transfer window begins. The club are talking to several candidates as things stand and could make an appointment in the near future. Some top names have been linked with the job, including Erik ten Hag, Julen Lopetegui and Mauricio Pochettino.
Lopetegui recently ruled himself out of the race, insisting he is looking forward to managing Sevilla next season. Meanwhile, there has been no concrete update on Pochettino, and ten Hag seems like the man the club may like to appoint in the next few weeks.
Manchester United held formal talks with ten Hag recently, and according to the report, the Dutchman’s interview had a positive impact on the Old Trafford board. The club are keeping a tight lid on their preferred candidate, although signs point towards the 52-year-old taking over the reins from Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.
Ten Hag was reportedly irked by Manchester United’s prolonged delay in making a contract offer, although, in reality, the club are still interviewing other shortlisted candidates. Ten Hag, however, remains the firm favourite to replace Rangnick in the summer.
Sky Sports are now insisting that Manchester United have reached out to Ajax to understand the financial element of recruiting ten Hag in the next weeks. Those discussions revolved around the compensation and the ideal time to announce his appointment, considering the Dutch giants are in the middle of a tight Eredivisie title race.
Ajax are concerned an untimely announcement will threaten to derail their title challenge. Manchester United will likely adhere to their request and make a formal confirmation when the time is optimal.
It remains to be seen if Manchester United have narrowed down on ten Hag to become their new manager, which would be a wise choice. In the summer, all eyes will be on Ajax and how much their compensation demand for the 52-year-old Dutch manager would be. In the meantime, the Red Devils are seemingly carrying out due diligence on their preferred candidate.