Erik ten Hag has reportedly told Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold he doesn’t want a protracted saga for the 25-year-old Barcelona star running all the way until the transfer window closes on September 1.
Erik ten Hag wants Frenkie de Jong on the club’s summer tour to Asia and Australia.
Erik ten Hag has told the Manchester United board that he wants a deal for Frenkie de Jong to be completed by the end of the new week or switch to other targets.
The former Ajax coach has handed Arnold a number of “wish list” players in all positions – with the capture of De Jong high among his priorities.
Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice are some of the other midfielders in Ten Hag’s transfer shortlist.
While Erik ten Hag will be happy to have De Jong as part of his Manchester United squad, he doesn’t want the Red Devils to miss out on other targets while pursuing a deal for the Netherlands international.
Manchester United have already had a €70million bid for De Jong rejected by Barcelona with the Spanish side demanding for a fee of €100million, which Manchester United are not willing to pay.
Ten Hag’s first game in charge of Manchestet United will be against Liverpool in Bangkok, Thailand, on July 12.
Erik ten Hag expects to have most of his targets before the game against Liverpool so the players will have enough time to adapt to his methods.
The game against Liverpool is quickly followed by games against Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace in Melbourne before the Red Devils face Aston Villa in Perth on July 23.
Ten Hag has warned the Manchester United board that he doesn’t want trafers dragged until deadline as Manchester United have been used to doing in recent years.
Erik ten Hag is demanding the club sign his targets on time so he can urgently begin his rebuild at United.