Erik ten Hag has reportedly told Manchester United that he wants to be involved in the club’s future transfers should he be successful in landing the manager’s job.
The Ajax boss is regarded at the “clear favourite” to succeed Ralf Rangnick, according to the Daily Telegraph. But United are yet to make a decision on the appointment with a second round of interviews scheduled.
Ten Hag and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino have been interviewed for the role. But one other contender has also been spoken to about the top job, as per The Telegraph. And that is not thought to be Spain boss Luis Enrique, who is unwilling to break his contract with the national team.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is of interest to the United hierarchy. But the paper stops short of suggesting Tuchel is the mystery man.
What is clear is that Ten Hag is in pole position and another impressive showing at the interview stage could see him take the job.
But the 52-yeat-old does have conditions of his own. He will not take the job is certain conditions are not met and the main one revolves around recruitment.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Ten Hag has been clear that he wants involvement in the club’s transfers.
Romano told FIVE, as cited by the Daily Express: “Ten Hag is a manager that from what I’m told during the interview with Man United, he wanted to make sure that they want to back him.
“At Manchester United, he wants to be the man that decides together with the board and together with Rangnick – but with his own ideas – the signings that they will do.
Ten Hag compensation no issue
“It’s not about signing Donny van de Beek and never playing him for two years, for example.
“At the moment that is something that is missing but to Ten Hag it’s more than important.”
For United’s part they are prepared to fork out the £4m in compensation to free him from his contract. The Eredivisie club were happy to grant Ten Hag permission to speak with John Murtough and Darren Fletcher. And the compensation payment is not thought to pose a proble.
But United are slightly concerned over Ten Hag’s lack of experience at a big club. As per the Telegraph, United officials are well aware that Ten Hag has only managed in Holland – at Go Ahead Eagles and Utrecht.
They are thought to have slight reservations over Ten Hag coming into a club of the stature of United. Still, he has achieved great success at Ajax, winning two Dutch titles and two KNVB Cups since December 2017.
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Rangers v Eintracht – Dick Advocaat hoping for Rangers win, but only for Van Bronckhorst’s sake
Former Rangers manager Dick Advocaat has admitted he hopes to see his former side win in the Europa League this evening so compatriot Giovanni van Bronckhorst can ‘push me out of the books’.
Rangers take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final in Seville this evening after a superb run that has seen them beat the likes of Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig.
They, therefore, head into the final full of confidence but will come up against a Frankfurt side who are also full of belief in their own abilities.
The German side have also had a superb run to the final, famously knocking out Barcelona before also seeing off West Ham in the semi-finals.
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It means the tie will be finely balanced, with Rangers having to put in another top performance if they are to walk away with the trophy.
Advocaat is hoping to see that happen but more out of his allegiance to compatriot Van Bronckhorst than his former employers at Ibrox.
“I really hope he beats Eintracht Frankfurt,” Soccer News report him saying.
“Reaching the final is already beautiful. But if he can give Rangers, with whom I as a former coach also have a very good feeling, that prize, then he can’t break everything there.
“That he would push me out of the books is no problem. He just deserves that if he wins.”
Arsenal target reveals he’s taking English classes – Dreaming of Europe move as club demand €25m
Some Arsenal fans are certainly familiar with Palmeiras midfielder Danilo. The 21-year-old, who’s been standing out for the Brazilian club, was repeatedly linked to the Gunners over the past couple of months.
It turns out the player has now been called up by the national team, and that only raises his status. So as he now gave an interview to UOL, he talked about the plans he has for the future, which includes the English lessons he’s been taking.
“They told me: ‘You’ll have a good season and, when the time comes, you’ll leave. How are you going to talk, are you going to communicate with the coach? How is he going to talk to you, how will you understand?” And I thought and said: ‘Wow, that’s right’. Then I started studying it,” Danilo told UOL.
UOL recalls that Danilo faced Chelsea in the Club World Cup, and was able to take a picture with one of his idols, N’Golo Kante. Then the website writes that just like the Frenchman, the Palmeiras player seems destined for the Premier League, and that’s why it would be no surprise to see him practising his English in London, Liverpool or Manchester.
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It’s also said that even though Palmeiras would like to keep him, a sale wouldn’t be bad either. And to let him go, they demand a fee of at least €25m.
“Before going to Europe, you have to play your game, you have to play well for the current team,” he says. “I think that if I keep working well in my team, I think I’ll end up having more chances to fulfil my dream in Europe. Last year, everyone thought about it, but I ended up not leaving, and I’m still in my right mind, working well. And if it’s this season, let it be good for everyone. And if it’s not, I’m still happy and it doesn’t matter.”
Following the many reports regarding Arsenal’s interest in Danilo, the last was made a month ago. At the time, it was said his agent Giuliano Bertolucci was told by Palmeiras they’d only let him leave for €25m, and for now, the Gunners had not presented a bid for the player.