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After a very difficult 2021/2022 season, United welcomes a new period with Ten Hag in the 2022/2023 season. They hope to start a big project towards the era of glory.
United have a commitment to support Ten Hag’s plans in the transfer market. The Red Devils did not buy players in January 2022. So, they have big financial support to spend on players at the beginning of the 2022/2023 season.
However, United’s transfer market did not go according to Ten Hag’s expectations. Attempts to build a squad that fit the plan are in tatters. Ten Hag shooting players are reluctant to move closer to Old Trafford.
Which players have refused to move to United at the start of the 2022/2023 season?
Ten Hag needs additional players at the back. Because, Eric Bailly intends to move. Timber, his team when he was still at Ajax, became his main target.
Initially, Timber was very impressed with Ten Hag’s invitation to join United. Timber is interested in trying out a new adventure with United.
However, Louis van Gaal messed up United’s plans. The former United manager gave Timber a warning. Van Gaal asked Timber to play regularly and consistently if he wanted to be brought to the 2022 World Cup. Timber then abandoned the opportunity to move to United.
Darwin Nunez is part of United’s long-term plans. Ten Hag realized that Cristiano Ronaldo was unreliable for long and had to bring a top striker to United.
Nunez is the first choice. United are not passive on Nunez’s transfer. United made quite intense contact with the agent of the Uruguayan.
However, Nunez determines the control of his future. Nunez just wanted to move to Liverpool. The 22-year-old striker was finally bought by the Reds for a maximum transfer value of 100 million euros including bonuses.
Frenkie de Jong
De Jong was identified as the Ten Hag’s main target. They had a good collaboration at Ajax with the Eredivisie title and qualifying for the Champions League semifinals.
Barcelona opened up the opportunity to release De Jong for economic reasons. United have made a 60 million euro offer on Barcelona. However, the Catalan club asked United to increase their offer to 80 million euros.
De Jong is more likely to stay at Barcelona. For him, Barcelona is a dream club since childhood. “I am at the biggest club in the world at the moment and I feel fine there, so there is no news,” said De Jong.
Ten Hag sees the midfield as a point that needs to be addressed. So, apart from De Jong, Ten Hag wants Eriksen to come to Old Trafford. Ten Hag knows Eriksen well having trained at Ajax.
Eriksen’s contract with Brentford expires in June 2022. The club has submitted a new contract offer, but Eriksen has not responded.
Ten Hag has asked Eriksen to join United. However, Eriksen tends to choose Tottenham. Eriksen has a strong emotional bond with Tottenham. In addition, the Antonio Conte factor also made him closer to Tottenham.