Manchester United closing in on making their first summer signing for bargain fee

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag against Aston Villa

All things suggest Rene Hake’s potential contribution at Manchester United will far outweigh his modest signing amount REUTERS/Carl Recine

Manchester United won’t have to cough up a huge sum of money to add a crucial piece to their coaching staff puzzle, reports indicate.

Following an internal review that dragged on for much longer than anticipated, new club co-owners INEOS concluded that Erik ten Hag was the right manager to take Manchester United forward after all.

The Dutchman is currently in the final stages of discussing his fresh deal with the Old Trafford outfit, and a positive outcome is expected soon.

In fact, focus has already shifted to refreshing his coaching staff. Former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy is set for a return to Manchester, having snubbed the new head coach position at Burnley. Alongside him, Rene Hake has been lined up to complete this Dutch coaching trio.

Rene Hake’s addition to cost Manchester United peanuts

Reports from earlier this week revealed that Manchester United are set to add Rene Hake to Erik ten Hag’s backroom staff. The 52-year-old will let go of his head coach position at Go Ahead Eagles to make the switch to England.

And now, a new report from Dutch outlet Algemeen Dagblad (via Mirror) has indicated that Rene Hake will be available for a very modest sum, likely to amount to just “a few Euros”.

This may seem like unfamiliar territory for Manchester United, as the club has gotten used to spending big and consistently overpaying over the last decade.

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Meanwhile, all things suggest Hake’s potential contribution at the Old Trafford outfit will far outweigh his modest signing amount. Having been in charge at Go Ahead Eagles since 2022, the Dutchman led the Eredivisie outfit to their highest league finish in over 15 years last season.

His impressive work also saw him get linked to Feyenoord, with rumours labelling him as one of the candidates identified to succeed the now Liverpool-bound Arne Slot.

But a change of fortunes now sees Hake heading towards Manchester instead. New United deals for Hake as well as Van Nistelrooy will reportedly be finalised in the coming days, heralding a new coaching era at the Theatre of Dreams.