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Erik ten Hag given modest summer transfer budget at Man United

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New Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag has been given a ‘modest’ transfer budget 

According to CaughtOffside, the Manchester United hierarchy have specified the transfer budget that the manager can spend on new arrivals in the coming summer transfer window. 

Manchester United fans were emphatic on hearing that Erik Ten Hag would be joining the team from next season. However, considering the current situation at Old Trafford, only the change in manager wouldn’t solve many problems as some crucial positions require immediate attention.

It is believed that Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic are set to depart the club in the coming transfer window, and the Red Devils would be required to find quality reinforcements rapidly to fill the voids left by the departures. 

Erik ten Hag will take over Manchester United in the summer.
Erik ten Hag will take over Manchester United in the summer.

At the same time, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dean Henderson are believed to be up for sale, but Manchester United still haven’t found an advantageous deal for the concerned out-of-form stars.

Now, CaughtOffside suggests that the United hierarchy has specified a £120m budget for next season’s transfer window, including the saved up wages from the outgoing players’ contracts. 

Manchester United have already specified these key areas that require new signings – one right-back, one centre-back, two central midfielders, one winger and one striker. The Red Devils might be comfortable fulfilling the positions using the ‘modest’ budget. Although any further summer sales would also help the board’s transfer plan. 

Manchester United plotting squad overhaul in the January Transfer Window.
Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba in action for Manchester United.

Sufficient for summer reinforcements? 

Manchester United spent a lot of money bringing in crucial players in the last summer transfer window. Even though Ronaldo has performed significantly well this term, other arrivals haven’t produced the expected results until now. 

United have suffered horribly in some areas, including the creative midfield and central defensive positions. Hence, change is needed, but caution is required from the board when targeting big-money players. 

£120m looks to be a significant amount that most Premier League teams wouldn’t be able to manage, including some top tier teams. Hence, the financial side of the transfer approach seems secured. But the logical side would matter more in the long run. 

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Signing’ still-to-be discovered’ youngsters can help our team avoid paying a significant amount. Thus the board should do everything possible beforehand to shortlist some good transfer targets who would be best suited for Erik Ten Hag’s managerial style. The Dutch manager should be given the final say in transfers to get the best results. 

It remains to be seen how the Red Devils’ board spends the amount. Their transfer moves would determine how the team performs on the pitch next season.          

Written by Surajit Das

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