Manchester United need to change their squad for the summer transfer window for Eric Ten Hag, so midfield is an area that needs to be improved.
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United have been the most active club in Europe in spending money for the last 10 years. According to a recent horrific report from the CIES Football Observatory, they have spent £ 1.3bn in the last 10 years, generating £ 397m in sales and net worth of £ 908m. They don’t have much to show for this expense.
The club is about to finish its fifth season without a silver medal. They are sixth in the Premier League, and if West Ham win their last two games, they could be in seventh place in the Europa League next season. This is despite the fact that Borussia spent 73 million pounds last summer to sign Jaydon Sancho from Dortmund.
Before Sancho, Harry Maguire came from Leicester in the summer of 2019 for 80 million pounds. He was preceded in 2017 by Romelu Lukaku from Everton for 72 million pounds. He was preceded in 2016 by Paul Pogba from Juventus for £ 89 million. All of these players have had their moments, but none of them can be said to be an undisputed success story.
If Eric Ten Hag is going to start the club well, he needs to change that this summer. Ed Woodward, who has been widely blamed for the transfer market, has disappeared, and Richard Arnold has been appointed CEO. Arnold will be happy to delegate responsibility for football, which means that football director John Murtou and technical director Darren Fletcher will be more involved.
Ten Hag appeared in Amsterdam on Thursday to meet with Mitchell van der Hague and Steve McClaren, who have worked for Murto and Ajax for many years, to discuss the next steps. A lot of players have terminated their contracts and are moving on, so their priority should be in the recruitment department.
Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata are all set to leave this summer. It’s clear that the midfield is part of the focus at first, signing big-name, big-money players. Ten Hug wants a central midfielder, with Dec Ham Rice from West Ham, Calvin Phillips from Leeds, Jud Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund and Sergei Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio on the list.
According to Mirror Football, all of these players are in trouble. Rice is valued at £ 150m by West Ham; Phillips doesn’t want to join a rival; Dortmund will not sell Bellingham in the same window as the Erling King; Lazio Milinkovic-Savic refused to leave. But United need more world-class players in the middle of the pitch than Fred and Scott McTominay to organize and move the team forward.
With six weeks to go before the transfer window opens, City have already signed for King. United need to respond.
There are rumors that the club is interested in Frankie de Jong, so there are signs that they are doing so. Barcelona seem to be more interested in playing ball than any other goal. De Jong, 25, is the most experienced and brilliant transmitter, and most importantly, he has a close relationship with Ten Hag, who played under him at Ajax.
He should mark all the boxes and help Rio Ferdinand fix what he sees as United’s biggest weakness in the last decade. “I think hiring has been the biggest drop in the last decade,” Ferdinand told Vibe with Five on YouTube last month.
‘At the start of the season, [Cristiano] Ronaldo came in, [Rafael] Varane, Sancho, I’m excited, but it doesn’t work. We can’t have such a window again – enrollment must be right, and you must have the right reason to buy players who can help the culture. “
The midfielder’s signing will be the first perfect step for Ten Hag on his way to turning United’s sinking ship over.