Sir Jim Ratcliffe may deny Erik ten Hag dream transfer as Man Utd boss ‘crazy’ about star

Sir Jim Ratcliffe could step in to block Manchester United from signing a player that Erik ten Hag is said to be ‘crazy’ about. The Red Devils manager is facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford, with the club having made almost no progress since his arrival two years ago.

Ten Hag remains tied down to United until 2025 and has insisted on multiple occasions that he fully expects to be in charge next season. He has been involved in the club’s transfer planning and is said to have identified a number of potential targets ahead of the summer window.

One of those targets would appear to be Frenkie de Jong, with Mundo Deportivo reporting that Ten Hag is still ‘crazy’ about bringing the Barcelona midfielder to Old Trafford. United tried and failed to land De Jong two summers ago, with the player reportedly making it clear that he had no interest in moving to England.

The report states that Ten Hag considers De Jong as the ideal signing, having worked with him at Ajax when they reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2019. However, there is no guarantee that Ratcliffe will be prepared to give the green light, especially given the lack of certainty over Ten Hag’s future.

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