Harry Kane, Declan Rice, Yves Bissouma and Jurrien Timber lead Erik ten Hag’s list of transfer targets as Man United prepare for a summer clear out… but their budget could be as little as £20m if they miss out on Champions League
- Erik ten Hag has agreed to become the new manager at Manchester United
- The Dutchman will need to overhaul the squad when he eventually takes over
- But his options could be reduced if they fail to qualify for the Champions League
After agreeing to become the new Manchester United boss, Erik ten Hag will need to oversee an overhaul of the squad when he eventually takes over in the summer.
Up to 10 players are expected to leave Old Trafford including striker Edinson Cavani, midfielder Paul Pogba and goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
It will leave plenty of scope for the Dutchman, but failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League could reduce their targets and budget.
Sportsmail’s CHRIS WHEELER takes a look at the potential transfer options.
Erik ten Hag will need to oversee an overhaul of the Man United squad when he takes over
Manchester United could move for striker Harry Kane (L) and defender Jurrien Timber (R)
Manchester United will be linked with their usual raft of transfer targets this summer and want to strengthen the spine of the team with a new centre back, central midfielder and striker.
With a replacement needed for Edinson Cavani — and possibly Cristiano Ronaldo — it is thought United could make a move for Tottenham’s Harry Kane or Darwin Nunez of Benfica.
The midfield options are believed to include Declan Rice (West Ham), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Ruben Neves (Wolves), Yves Bissouma (Brighton), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio) and Aurelien Tchouameni (Monaco).
Midfield options are believed to include Declan Rice (left) and Yves Bissouma (right)
In defence, United are said to have discussed Antonio Rudiger, who is available on a free from Chelsea, and Jurrien Timber (Ajax).
But with agents being told by United that failing to qualify for the Champions League could slash the club’s budget to as low as £20m, many of those targets could be out of reach for new manager Ten Hag.
There will be an overhaul of the United squad this summer with the number of players leaving Old Trafford possibly hitting double figures.
Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Lee Grant are set to move on as free agents and Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly, Nemanja Matic and Phil Jones could follow.
Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek will return from loan spells at Sevilla and Everton respectively.
Van de Beek hopes to revive his United career under his old Ajax boss Ten Hag but Martial is still intent on leaving.
Edinson Cavani (L) and Paul Pogba (R) are set to move on as free agents this summer
The big question mark is Cristiano Ronaldo, who has endured a frustrating season despite scoring 18 goals.
The Portugal star is known to feel there will be no quick fix for United’s problems as he weighs up whether to stay for the second and final year of his contract.
However, finding another top club willing to pay his £500,000-a-week wages would be difficult.