A second magazine states that two Manchester United players worth £138 million are for sale, and Erik ten Hag is reportedly considering a third raid on Ajax, which would make him unpopular in Amsterdam.
A second magazine has reiterated claims that two Manchester United players who cost a combined £138 million are on sale, and Erik ten Hag is apparently mulling a third raid on Ajax, which would make him unpopular in Amsterdam.
After taking over at Manchester United, the Dutchman wasted little time recruiting players from his previous club, Ajax. Ten Hag plundered his previous club to grab center defender Lisandro Martinez, and then snagged Antony just before the summer transfer window closed.
Ajax endured a dreadful transfer window, of which the double departure was only one aspect.
During the same transfer window, they lost not just two of their most significant players to United, but also well-known players like Andre Onana, Noussair Mazraoui, Nicolás Tagliafico, Ryan Gravenberch, and Sébastien Haller.
Ajax was displaced from their customary position at the top of the Eredivisie rankings as a result of the final result.
Now, Feyenoord is in the lead, but AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven are a risk to Ajax’s position as the team that finishes last in the Dutch league and, consequently, does not qualify for the Champions League.
Yet, a number of speculations suggest that Ten Hag may be plotting to inflict even more misery on his old club by wooing away an additional key Ajax player.
According to a report from 90min, Manchester United has conducted significant scouting on Mohamed Kudus, a 22-year-old forward.
The Ghanaian international can play multiple roles, including up forward, as a No. 10 player, and as a box-to-box midfielder. He is quite adaptable. This season, he has played 34 appearances for Ajax, scoring 17 goals and assisting on four others across all competitions.
Football Insider weighed in on the matter, stating that United initiated contact with Kudus’ camp. The frontman is said to be worth roughly 48 million pounds.
Now, talkSPORT has given credibility to the speculations by reporting that Ten Hag has placed Kudus on his list of potential summer transfer targets.
The Dutch manager is believed to be “eying another raid” on Ajax, and the club’s interest in Tottenham’s Harry Kane has been reaffirmed. Previous to that, The Telegraph mentioned Kane and Napoli’s Victor Osimhen as United’s top two striker targets for the summer transfer season.
But, none will be easy to sign, and the fact that both are worth at more than one hundred million pounds makes it incredibly difficult to strike an agreement.
Kudus would be a more cost-effective choice, but talkSPORT does not rule out the potential that he may be signed in addition to one of the higher-profile targets, rather than as a replacement for them.
Manchester United would need to make a significant profit from the selling of player contracts in this case in order to remain in the black. In this regard, talkSPORT substantiates a prior report by the Manchester Evening News that two well-known people face employment insecurity.
The two men being discussed are Captain Harry Maguire and Anthony Martial, and according to reports, Ten Hag is “willing to cash in on” them.
Maguire was acquired from Leicester for £80 million in 2019, while Martial was signed from Monaco for £36 million (with add-ons bringing the total to £58 million).
Owing to Ten Hag’s penchant for a pairing between Varane and Martinez, Maguire has been regularly benched this season. In contrast, Martial is unable to maintain sufficient health to be of assistance.
The Daily Mail previously stated that Manchester United are resigned to recouping only around half of the amount of money (approximately £20 million) they spent on Harry Maguire. Given his history of injury issues, it is significantly more difficult to determine Martial’s market value.