Ten Hag originally considered Kane his top target. The MU captain needs the level of the Tottenham striker to strengthen the attack. MU at this time very much lacks some quality 9s in the context that Marcus Rashford is given priority to kick the wing, Wout Weghorst will return to Burnley and Anthony Martial is often injured.
But some members of the MU BLD are not ready to recruit Kane. Their view is that England’s top scorer has too high a transfer fee. It makes no sense for Daniel Levy to charge no less than £100m for a striker who will turn 30 next month and enter the final year of his contract at Spurs. In fact, it’s also Levy’s way of preventing Kane from joining a Premier League competitor.
Ten Hag is very unhappy about the bankruptcy of his target Harry Kane. The Dutch coach’s plan to buy striker must switch to plan B, which is Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund. The 20-year-old has emerged as a potential striker with 10 goals in 34 games in his first season in Italy. Hojlund himself in a recent statement also admitted feeling proud of being pursued by MU.
However, MU will have to compete with Bayern, PSG and Newcastle who are also interested in the striker who is likened to the “new Haaland”. While Atalanta demanded no less than £70 million for the emerging Danish goalscorer. MU’s ambition to own Hojlund is not easy to come true. But the main reason, comes from the popularity of MU on the market.
The prolonged process of changing owners of MU has significantly affected their summer transfer plans. Ten Hag is said to have a budget of 120 million pounds to strengthen the force, the number can increase depending on the situation of selling players. However, MU did not have the initiative and decisiveness on the negotiating table in the context that the superstructure was still in turmoil and all plans were at a crossroads.
The fact that Kim min-jae “turned the car” to Bayern was a pain for MU. The Manchester team approached Napoli defender very early. Ten Hag considers Kim as the top target to strengthen the defense. But MU did not accelerate the negotiation process and tried to wait until July 1 to activate the contract release clause of 60 million euros of the Korean player. While MU was still illustrious, Bayern came later but finished first. The German team quickly reached a personal agreement with Kim after less than a week of work. Missing Kim min-jae, MU now has to turn to Robin Koch of the relegated Leeds team.
From Harry Kane to Kim min-jae, MU has shown their passivity in the transfer market this season. Ten Hag’s force plan is still standing still, typically the goalkeeper position. Ten Hag still wants David de Gea to stay, but negotiations for an extension with the Spaniard have not made clear progress. It is not small that De Gea will leave MU after his contract expires on June 30. If that happens, the goalkeeper position will face a serious crisis. MU is looking for goalkeepers on the transfer market but it is not easy to get a good contract. The priority target Andre Onana, Ten Hag’s former student at Ajax, was shouted at by Inter for up to 80 million pounds.
The summer transfer period is still quite long for MU to correct, but it will also be very short if they continue to probe in the fog.