Manchester United recently reached a verbal agreement with Ajax manager Erik ten Hag over the permanent head coach role.
The Dutchman will officially join the club over the summer, but his appointment could be confirmed as early as next week.
With Ten Hag’s arrival, there could be a change in the transfer policy at Old Trafford with the focus on young players over big-name signings.
While the Dutchman may not be averse to pursuing experienced players, the primary objective will be to rebuild the squad for long-term success.
The 52-year-old may seek to sign a few players from Ajax this summer. Here are three names that could make the switch from Amsterdam.
United signed Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for €85 million last summer. He was considered as their long-term solution on the right wing.
However, the England star has hardly impressed from the position. He has looked at home when operating from the left side of the attack this season.
With Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial (out on loan) also preferring to play from the left, the club may pursue a genuine right-sided winger.
Anthony Elanga has shown promise this term, but Antony would be a quality signing, having impressed for club and country over the past year.
The 22-year-old has bagged 12 goals and 10 assists from 33 appearances for Ajax this term while playing exclusively from the right wing.
Bayern Munich and Juventus are also interested in his services, but United’s appointment of Ten Hag could lure him to Old Trafford this summer.
Despite his impressive statistics this campaign, the Dutch outfit are willing to sanction his sale for around €35m in the next transfer window.
Alvarez was signed shortly after Ajax’s splendid Champions League campaign in 2018/19. He was initially touted to fill the central defensive void left by Matthijs de Ligt’s switch to Juventus.
However, the Mexican has established himself as the holding midfielder instead. The 24-year-old has been a key player in the centre of the park, making 83 appearances from the position.
Alvarez has been a superb acquisition for the Dutch champions. He has averaged an impressive 1.8 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game this term while winning three aerial duels on average.
He has also been solid with his distribution with an 88 per cent success rate, but there is room for improvement when it comes to his discipline. He has nine yellow cards to his name this campaign.
United are likely to pursue a new holding midfielder with Scott McTominay lacking consistency while Nemanja Matic is no longer in the prime of his playing career.
Fred has shown promise under Ralf Rangnick, but the Brazilian has been operating in a slightly advanced role. Alvarez could be an ideal fit alongside the 29-year-old.
Unlike Antony and Alvarez, United won’t need to pay a fee for Noussair Mazraoui this summer, considering his contract expires at the end of the ongoing campaign.
The Morocco international has been Ten Hag’s preferred choice at right-back this season, accumulating five goals and four assists from 32 outings in all competitions.
Bayern Munich and Barcelona are among the leading candidates to sign him at the moment, but United could be handed the advantage with the recruitment of Ten Hag.
The Red Devils can convince the 24-year-old with a regular starting berth which won’t be an assurance at either Bayern or Barcelona. The club may, however, need to offload someone.
Diogo Dalot has been the regular right-back under Rangnick with Aaron Wan-Bissaka having fallen out-of-favour. Both players have yet to contribute a goal or an assist this term.
With Ten Hag tending to prefer attack-minded full-backs, it won’t be a surprise if Wan-Bissaka heads for the exit door alongside Axel Tuanzebe.
Mazraoui has excelled in both the defensive and offensive aspects of his game for Ajax. He has won 2.4 tackles on average this season.
Stats from Transfermarkt.com and WhoScored.com
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