Ten Hag tells Man Utd transfer bosses to deliver both De Jong and Eriksen for midfield rebuild

The new boss at Old Trafford wants a total of five new signings this summer, but strengthening midfield is his absolute priority

Erik ten Hag has made it clear to Manchester United that he needs them to supply both Frenkie de Jong and Christian Eriksen this summer, with the pair seen as crucial to his rebuilding at Old Trafford.

Ten Hag wants to fill his United team with more technically gifted players than has been the case in recent years, with possession as key to the system he wants to introduce at the club.

United are therefore looking to step up their hunt for De Jong, with Barcelona’s appreciation of the midfielder being the biggest stumbling block so far.

The Red Devils were under the impression that a bid of around £51million ($62.5million) would be enough to convince the Catalans to sell, but were instead given figures of nearly £86million ($105million) .

GOAL has learned, however, that a compromise of between £64-73 million ($78-90 million) with add-ons could let the deal go through.

While United are adamant they will turn their attention to other targets if they can’t strike a deal, GOAL can confirm that their interest in free agent Eriksen is an addition to De Jong, not an alternative.

Why does Ten Hag want both De Jong and Eriksen?

Ten Hag plans to completely transform United’s style of play – relying on possession, rather than the counter-attacking football played under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho.