Ten Hag has a new plan after missing out on Darwin Nunez

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has changed his transfer plans after missing out on Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez.

Ten Hag was keen on signing Nunez from Benfica before the Uruguayan agreed a £64m switch to Anfield.

Ten Hag is keen on signing a centre-back forward this transfer window and viewed Nunez as an ideal signing before the 22 year old opted for Liverpool.

The 22-year-old was viewed as a long-term replacement for veteran striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

But with like-for-like replacements now hard to come by, Ten Hag is reportedly changing his plans.

According to ESPN via Tribal Football, Manchester United boss Ten Hag now wants to sign a ‘versatile’ forward who can play across the front line.

Ajax winger Antony is one of the targets, but although the Brazilian is keen to join, Ajax’s valuation of €80 million is proving problematic.

United’s priority this summer remains to sign a central midfielder, with talks progressing with Barcelona over a move for Frenkie de Jong.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have told Cristiano Ronaldo he isn’t for sale this summer.

This comes after reports linking Ronaldo with moves to Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

Ronaldo has a year left on his contract at Old Trafford with the option of another season.

He scored 24 goals in all competitions last season but could not prevent United from missing out on qualification for the Champions League after finishing sixth in the Premier League.

Ronaldo reportedly had doubts about Manchester United’s ambition after failing to make a signing so far this summer.

The Portuguese international is keen on spending the remaining years of his career playing in the Champions League.

However, new manager Erik ten Hag, who is set to lead his first day of preseason training at Carrington on Monday, is banking on having Ronaldo in his squad next season.