Despite the uncertainties surrounding the ownership of the club, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is confident that the Red Devils will be able to continue their transfer activity this summer.
United’s current owners, the Glazer family, have received significant offers from the likes of Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Sir Jim Ratcliffe (90min understands the latter’s offer is favoured), but great uncertainty remains over the entire process.
It is unclear if the Glazers will remain at the club as part of a takeover, while the decision on the sale has dragged on for months and will now overlap with the summer transfer window, raising fears that Ten Hag will not receive the financial backing you need. he needs to strengthen the team.
However, the Dutchman is confident that he will be able to go ahead with his plans for the team this summer, regardless of what happens behind the scenes.
“Yes, that’s what I’m doing and that’s our job,” he told Sky Sports News when asked if he had been able to adequately plan for the summer amid all the uncertainty.
“This season has to be our energy and focus, but of course we are also planning for the future, for the next season and that is what we have to do. And that’s also talking to their scouting department, recruiting responsibilities and of course talking to the players.”
Asked if he was confident United could move towards their main goals even if the Glazers remain at the club, Ten Hag added: “I think so. enter here [at the end of] last season and we talked about what we can do in the squad, what we can do in signings.
“And last year, the club confirmed that they can do it. So, for me, I don’t think anything has changed and yes, in this summer term we can do the same.”
A new striker is high on Ten Hag’s wish list. Tottenham’s Harry Kane remains the main target, while Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic and Inter’s Lautaro Martinez are also under consideration. 90min understands that there are plans to sign more than one new striker.
Ten Hag also wants a new center back and is interested in Napoli’s Kim Min-jae, whose release clause of between 40 and 60 million euros has aroused interest from several clubs across Europe.