Erik ten Hag is set to leave Ajax for Manchester United in the summer, should the Red Devils make their move, according to journalist Mike Verweij, as relayed by Sport Witness.
The Lowdown: Preferred candidate
It looks set to be a summer of change at Old Trafford, with interim boss Ralf Rangnick expected to move into a consultancy role at the end of the season.
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One of his first tasks will be to help bring in a new full-time manager, with Samuel Luckhurst believing that Ten Hag is the preferred candidate at this moment in time.
The 52-year-old has been in charge of Ajax since 2017 and has averaged an impressive 2.35 points per game in charge of the Dutch giants. [Transfermarkt]
The Latest: Weekend update
Sport Witness relayed comments from Verweij regarding Ten Hag on Saturday, claiming that the Ajax boss had an agreement with Marc Overmars to leave the club if he were to receive a tempting offer.
Overmars is no longer at the Johan Cruyff Arena, although the journalist believes that the agreement would still be honoured by former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, who is the Amsterdam club’s chief executive.
Verweij also had information with regards to who could move with Ten Hag to Manchester, saying: “I don’t think so [Ten Hag’s entire backroom staff will leave]. I heard that [assistant] Mitchell van der Gaag is nominated to go.”
The Verdict: Rangnick set to get his way
It looks as if Rangnick will get his way when it comes to the search for a new manager, with reports suggesting that the interim boss wants to pursue the Dutchman.
Should he arrive at Old Trafford, Ten Hag may inherit a smaller squad than the one Rangnick currently has, with five players out of contract at the end of June, one of whom is Paul Pogba.
It appears that the Ajax boss is the main target, though, and following this update, it seems as if a deal is there to be done between the two clubs.
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