Football TransfersErik ten Hag Turns to Ajax in a Bid to Bring in a Striker for United
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Erik ten Hag is currently looking to acquire a third player from his old club Ajax, and his target is Mohammed Kudus.

Erik ten Hag is looking to bring in a new striker during the transfer window that will be open in January. Kudus is versatile enough to play in a number of offensive positions, including up front. Ten Hag, the Dutch manager, is interested in signing the 22-year-old player after seeing how well he performed for Ghana at the World Cup.

According to a reports, Ajax are asking for at least £35 million to release Kudus from his contract. Kudus came close to signing with Everton in August but ultimately decided to remain in Holland. Ten Hag is aware that his former employers want to maximize profits on their attacker, who they paid Danish club Nordsjaelland approximately £7.9 million for in 2020, particularly after the Ghanaian’s value increased thanks to his exploits in Qatar. Ten Hag is also aware that his former employers paid Danish club Nordsjaelland approximately £7.9 million for their attacker in 2020.

A lucrative agreement for Kudus, whose current term in Amsterdam doesn’t expire until June 2025, may be difficult for United to pull off because they are tightening their purse strings this winter in preparation for the possibility of selling the club. Old Trafford is currently up for sale, and the Glazer family is interested in hearing offers for either a minority investment or a full acquisition.

Despite the fact that the Red Devils would save almost £15 million in pay by cutting Cristiano Ronaldo’s rich salary, Ten Hag and the rest of the team are still forced to work under a tight budget. The club’s issue was a contributing factor in why they were unable to get Cody Gakpo in January, when archrivals Liverpool made the acquisition.

Attack is the area in which Ten Hag is most interested in making improvements, and ten Hag has made no secret of his desire to do so in the buildup to the transfer window.

On the last day of the previous year, the manager of the Red Devils confessed, “I think we have a solid team when all of the players are available, but with many games coming up, I think there is a need [for one].” “However, you need one who is capable of making an impact; otherwise, you would just be wasting money and the squad won’t get any stronger. It won’t be of any use to you.”

Additionally, Ten Hag stated to club media: “We have a lot of games coming up, so we need a squad to prepare for them. In addition, we want to strike a better balance within the team, so it is one of our goals. We never stop searching for ways to improve. Although we are in the process of orientating, as well as making an attempt to enhance the squad, I won’t be able to share any details with you at this time. When we are in a position to do so, we will begin immediately.”

United, who are prioritizing half-season loan deals after going over budget during the previous summer, have been linked with a number of forwards in addition to Kudus, including Joao Felix, who is wanted away from Atletico Madrid, and Dusan Vlahovic, who is a striker for Juventus. In addition, United have been linked with Kudus. Memphis Depay, who currently plays for Barcelona, has also been linked with a move back to Old Trafford, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who currently plays for Bayern Munich, is rumored to be on the shortlist for the Red Devils.