Manchester United could sign Ten Hag’s former star for around €60m – talks have already taken place

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag against Nottingham Forest.

Manchester United have enquired about West Ham United midfielder Edson Alvarez REUTERS/Phil Noble

Manchester United have reportedly expressed interest in West Ham United midfielder Edson Alvarez.

The Red Devils are looking to strengthen several key positions this summer, and signing a defensive-minded midfielder is rumoured to be near the top of their wishlist.

Meanwhile, question marks hover over Casemiro’s fitness and abilities following a subpar 2023-24 season by the Brazilian international. Even his future at the Old Trafford outfit remains under doubt, amid emergence of links to a big-money Saudi switch.

In any case, the best plan of action for the new INEOS regime would be to bring in a CDM capable of realistically competing for a starting spot. And their pursuit appears to have led them to a fellow Premier League club, in West Ham United.

Manchester United enquire about West Ham’s Edson Alvarez

According to Sky Sports Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg, Manchester United made an inquiry for Edson Alvarez in recent days, gathering information about his future plans and the figures likely to be involved in this transfer.

The report adds that Erik ten Hag has a high opinion of the midfielder from their time together at Ajax.

West Ham are yet to receive any concrete offers for the 26-year-old, however. As of now, there are no agreements in place with the club’s as well as the player’s sides.

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While the London outfit is reluctant to let go of the Mexican midfielder this year, they may agree to a potential move—provided their valuation of €60-80 million is met.

Meanwhile, some Manchester United fans have expressed displeasure at this news on social media.

Many have their reservations about Alvarez’s abilities, and believe this could be yet another instance of Ten Hag missing out on better talents in favour of a reunion with a familiar ex-player.