Erik ten Hag is Manchester United’s preferred choice to replace Ralf Rangnick at the helm come summer, but there’s no agreement in place with the Ajax manager.
The Dutch tactician wants to come to the Premier League but has reportedly put forward a list of demands, including control over transfers, and will only accept United’s job proposal if he’s satisfied with the club’s vision.
The United hierarchy risk missing out on their favoured candidate, as Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig have also joined the battle for Ten Hag’s signature.
According to Dutch journalist Mike Verweij, Leipzig have made the 52-year-old an excellent multi-year contract offer and are prepared to pay a compensation fee Ajax request.
The German giants have struggled following Julian Nagelsmann’s move to Bayern Munich. His replacement Jesse Marsch was sacked after just four months in charge. Current boss Domenico Tedesco has overseen a number of positive results in recent weeks, but it’s unclear whether he will remain at the club beyond this season.
The Mirror adds that Ten Hag is taking Leipzig’s offer seriously. He remains interested in the Old Trafford role as well, but is frustrated by the club’s failure to offer him terms.
With United’s top four hopes all but over following an embarrassing 1-0 defeat against relegation-battlers Everton, the decision-makers at the club need to begin preparing for next season, starting with concluding their managerial appointment.