Erik ten Hag has Man Utd plan if Red Devils fail to sign Frenkie de Jong

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag says he will turn to his own squad if he fails to lure Frenkie de Jong to Old Trafford this summer.

The Barcelona midfielder, who spent three years working under Ten Hag at Ajax, has been United's top transfer target for weeks and despite the fact United had a £63million offer for him accepted last week, personal terms are yet to be agreed.

De Jong is reluctant to quit the Camp Nou, especially as he's owed more than £14million in deferred wages, though United are banking on him eventually changing his mind.

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In the event that he doesn't, Ten Hag insists he won't just spend money on someone else for the sake of it, especially as the role he wants De Jong to play will arguably the most important on the pitch.

"We're looking for a player who can play in the holding midfield position, but it has to be the right one," the Dutchman said.

"There are not many in that position capable of the level we demand. When we can’t find him, we have to deal with the players in our squad now and we will develop one in that position.

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"We need the right player. We have a list and we will strike the moment the player is available."

The 52-year-old added that United had been in the market for some English players this summer (without naming any names), but were priced out of buying them due to the ridiculous fees demanded.

"I would like to sign English players, because I think there is only one criteria and that's quality in combination with the price," said Ten Hag.

"It looks like English players are quite expensive. It's a fact you cannot deny. In the end, it's about quality."


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