Manchester United have long since confirmed the appointment of Erik Ten Hag as their newest manager, yet the question now on everyone’s lips is who will the Dutch coach sign this summer.
Given the size of the job at hand for Ten Hag in the coming months, a successful transfer window will be key if the former Ajax coach is to succeed at Old Trafford, and it comes as no surprise that players from the Eredivisie champions have been linked to United.
It makes sense. After all, Ten Hag led Ajax to three straight league titles and to some incredible runs in the UEFA Champions League, yet recent reports on who United will sign this summer seem to make up about 90% of the Amsterdam squad.
There’s no denying that some Ajax players will improve United, and here are five players from the European giants who Ten Hag could actually sign this summer to kick-start the revolution in Manchester.
Defense is arguably the most important area Ten Hag will have to sort out this summer, yet luckily for the Dutch manager, Ajax already houses a few solutions to United’s problems, with Jurren Timber the most exciting option at the Eredivisie side.
At 20-years-old, the unorthodox defender has shone for Ajax over the past two seasons and has since broken into the Dutch national team and has caught some attention from clubs outside of Holland. Able to play center-back and right-back, Timber is a talent for the future, and one who would improve United’s defense next season.
Another defender who could make an instant impact with United next season is Lisandro Martinez, who has actually been linked with a move to the Red Devils in recent weeks following Ten Hag’s appointment.
Labeled as the best center-back in the Dutch league by Total Football Analysis, Martinez is coming off the back of an excellent season with Ajax, and given United’s lackluster consistency from their center-backs this campaign, the Argentine could be a welcome addition.
There’s something of a theme going on here with all these defensive players being linked with United, with Edson Alvarez another rock who has been rumored with a move to the Red Devils and could do a solid job for the Manchester giants.
A defensive midfielder by nature but able to drop deeper in the center-back role, Alvarez could be a great replacement for Nemanja Matic this summer and a good base to build the midfield from this summer, with the Mexican international one of Ten Hag’s most trusted players this season at Ajax.
Goals outside of Cristiano Ronaldo have been a huge problem for United this season, and one potential way to solve this problem could be to sign Antony from Ajax, who Ten Hag developed into a top attacker since arriving from Brazil.
Fast, clinical and reportedly on Liverpool’s radar, the £ 50m-rated winger looks set to leave Ajax this summer, and for United, it would be quite the capture if Ten Hag was able to lure his former player to Old Trafford over a move to Anfield.
Whilst Ronaldo has been his usual brilliant self this season, options in the center-forward position are low with Edinson Cavani leaving at the end of his contract, and former West Ham star Sebastien Haller could be ideal to come in as a replacement.
Ten Hag elevated the Ivorian’s game to a whole new level this season, and at United, Haller could be an incredible backup option next campaign before taking over the role as the main striker in 2023/24, where the attacker will be in the prime of his career.