Erik ten Hag is reportedly becoming “frustrated” behind the scenes at the slow progress regarding transfers.
So far in the summer transfer window, Manchester United have signed Tyrell MalaciaChristian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez. But after Sunday’s shock 2–1 loss to Brighton at Old Traffordit is clear that United are in desperate need of more quality.
This week United have been linked Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot and Bologna ahead Marco Arnautovic.
A deal has since been agreed between United and the Torino club for Rabiot.
Manchester United are in direct contact with Adrien Rabiot and his mother Veronique to negotiate the personal terms – no problem with Juventus as they want to sell Rabiot this summer. 🔴 #MUFC
Erik ten Hag, also involved in the direct discussions with the French player. pic.twitter.com/2WODaBzq9H
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) 9 August 2022
United must now discuss personal matters with the midfielder’s mother, Veronique.
It is believed that she will not deal with intermediaries and will only speak to the club’s director of football, John Brick tough.
However, a deal for Arnautovic is not as straight forward.
It has been reported that the United board are unsure of signing 33-years old Austrian national team player while Ten Hag 100% want him at the club. Arnautovic worked with Ten Hag during the couple’s spell at FC Twente in the Netherlands.
X News #Arnautovic: Bologna rejected an initial offer from #MUFC transfer fee of €8 million confirmed. But Ten Hag wants him 100%. Because of that, @ManUtd want to increase their offer. Arnautovic wants the deal. They know each other very well from their time in Enschede. @SkySportDE 🇦🇹
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) August 8, 2022
According to The Telegraph, Ten Hag is becoming “frustrated” that his top target, Antony, seems beyond the reach of the ancients Trafford club.
After losing the likes of Sebastian Halls and Ryan Gravenberg this summer, Ajax have said they want a large fee to part with Antony.
United have also been linked with another midfielder, in the form of Lazio’s Sergei Milinkovic Savicthe Serbian is potentially an alternative to long-term target, Frankie the Young of Barcelona.
The old Trafford have chased The Younghis signature since the start of the transfer window, but has so far failed to persuade the 25-years old to make the move.
Despite an agreement between United and Barcelona for the Dutch midfielder, the player himself is set to settle in Catalonia after previously describing playing for La League giants as his ‘dream’.
Barcelona are desperate to offload the player in a bid to ease the club’s financial woes. However, they have yet to pay De Jong’s £14 million worth of deferred wages.
It’s going to be a busy end to the transfer window for United, and it remains to be seen if the club can sign Ten Hag’s top target.
Next in the Premier League for Ten Hag’s men is an away game against Brentford this weekend.