Manchester United: Ten Hag asks his leaders for the arrivals of De Jong and Eriksen

The new Old Trafford manager wants five new signings in total this summer, but strengthening the midfield is his top priority.

Erik ten Hag has made it clear to Manchester United that they need Frenkie de Jong and Christian Eriksen this summer, with both players seen as essential to rebuilding the midfield at Old Trafford. Ten Hag wants his team to be made up of more technical players than in recent years, with ball possession being key to the system he intends to put in place at the club.

De Jong the darling of Ten Hag

That’s why Manchester United are set to step up their quest to land Frenkie De Jong with Barcelona’s assessment of the midfielder being the main stumbling block so far. The Red Devils thought an offer in the region of €62m would be enough to convince the Catalans to sell but they were quoted figures of nearly €105m for the Dutchman to be released.

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GOAL learned, however, that a compromise between €78m and €90m with bonuses could close the deal. With Manchester United claiming they will turn to other targets if they fail to strike a deal, GOAL can confirm that their interest in free agent Eriksen is in addition to De Jong, rather than as an alternative. Ten Hag plans to completely transform United’s style of play, focusing on ball possession, rather than the counter-attacking football practiced under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho.