Why Erik ten Hag told Manchester United not to sign Yves Bissouma

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Manchester United reportedly enquired about Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma before the Mali midfielder joined Tottenham Hotspur in a £25million deal.

Bissouma was expected to leave Brighton this summer as he had just one year left on his Brighton contract and had no desire to extend his stay with Graham Potter’s side.

Many Manchester United fans wondered why the Red Devils let former Brighton midfielder Bissouma join Tottenham Hotspur after the move was announced.

Manchester United are hoping to strengthen the midfield under new manager Erik ten Hag following a series of high-profile exits.

Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata are all leaving Old Trafford when their contracts expire at the end of the month.

Despite making signing a midfielder a priority for the club this summer, Ten Hag told the club he wasn’t interested in signing Bissouma.

According to The Athletic, Manchester United put in a ‘check call’ to Brighton regarding Bissouma but the 25-year-old was not regarded as a serious target.

Manchester United boss Ten Hag reportedly told the club Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is the box-to-box midfielder he wants and not Bissouma.

Despite Ten Hag making De Jong a priority target for Manchester United, the Red Devils have been unable to reach an agreement with Barcelona.

Manchester United offered a guaranteed €60million for De Jong which was rejected by Barcelona.

The Spanish side reportedly want a guaranteed €80million for the transfer of De Jong but Manchester United are only willing to increase the offer to €70million guaranteed.

Ten Hag’s decision not to sign Bissouma will frustrate United fans as many believe the 25 year old Mali international midfielder fits the mold of the player the Red Devils should be looking for in the summer.

Manchester United have reportedly offered a contract to Eriksen and are hoping to sign both De Jong and Eriksen this summer.

Bissouma is Spurs’ third signing already, joining Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster while Manchester United are yet to sign any player this summer.

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