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Erik ten Hag tells Manchester United to spend £115m on two key transfer targets


New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag (Picture: Getty)

Erik ten Hag has told Manchester United to spend £115m on two key transfer targets this summer.

Ten Hag’s reign as United manager began last week and the Dutchman has quickly drawn up a list of targets as he looks to get the club back on track.

Manchester United have not won a trophy since 2017 and finished just sixth in the Premier League last season, amassing their lowest-ever points tally.

Ten Hag wants at least six new signings to arrive through the doors at Old Trafford and has compiled a list of targets with football director John Murtough, technical director Darren Fletcher and recruitment consultant Ralf Rangnick.

According to the Daily Mirror, Ten Hag has identified Ajax defender Jurrien Timber and Benfica striker Darwin Nunez as two of his priority signings and wants United to spend more than £100m to bring them both to Manchester.

Netherlands international Timber thrived under Ten Hag at Ajax and the Eredivisie champions will reportedly demand £35m for his signature.

Jurrien Timber helped Ajax win the title this season (Picture: Getty)

Uruguay star Nunez, meanwhile, will cost around £80m after scoring 34 goals in 41 appearances for Benfica last term.

Ten Hag would also welcome a move for Frenkie de Jong but the ex-Ajax midfielder looks set to stay at Barcelona.

United’s transfer budget this summer will depend on how many fringe players Ten Hag is able to offload, with Dean Henderson, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba all linked with moves.

Edinson Cavani and Nemanja Matic have already left the club and the former has thanked United fans for their support during his two-year spell at Old Trafford.

‘I sincerely have nothing but words of gratitude towards the fans and supporters of Manchester United,’ Cavani said this week.

‘Honestly, they have shown me a lot of respect from the very first moment I arrived. I think they’ve greatly recognised all the hard work I’ve always tried to put in in the best way possible, giving my best for this team.

‘I really am very grateful, and I’ll be leaving here with a happy memory of that affection they showed me and always displayed.’

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