Fabrizio Romano has provided a crucial update on Manchester United’s pursuit of Erik ten Hag, giving Red Devils fans hope a deal can soon be completed.
ten Hag is the club’s number one target to replace Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season. The German will begin a two-year consultancy role at Old Trafford when his spell in the dugout is up.
However, United’s hunt to land the Ajax boss recently came under threat. Following the Dutch club’s KNVB Cup final defeat to rivals PSV, Ajax technical director Gerry Hamstra suggested ten Hag could remain in the Netherlands past this campaign.
“There is interest for Erik ten Hag, that is normal. He has done fantastic,” Hamstra told ESPN.
“We hope he stays. We have to stick with the facts, he has not left yet. He still is focusing on Ajax, so do we.”
The chief added: “We did everything possible [to keep him at Ajax]. We were very busy with that. He reacted that he is focusing on Ajax now. Now we are preparing for two scenarios, Ten Hag might stay or might leave.”
The transfer specialist claims an agreement over ten Hag’s United contract will come about in the next few days.
Erik ten Hag has made assistant manager decision
The 52-year-old wants Ajax assistant manager Mitchell van der Gaag to follow him to Manchester. This is one of his ‘priorities’ before agreeing the deal.
In addition, Romano reveals United are in discussion with Ajax over ten Hag’s £1.7million release clause. The official announcement is waiting on this, rather than any other factors.
The former centre-back could help Ajax to win the Eredivisie title as his final act in Amsterdam. They have a four-point advantage on PSV with five matches left, although the cup final defeat will be a bitter blow.
The Red Devils, meanwhile, are back in action on Tuesday when they come up against rivals Liverpool at Anfield.
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