Manchester United have unofficially collected information about Erik ten Hag, such as the compensation figure Ajax expects, after meeting him for their permanent managerial position.
United held official talks with the 52-year-old last week which were described as “very positive”, and Sky Sports News Understands that the due diligence process followed what it might entail if they chose to appoint him.
Ajax granted permission to have a formal discussion and wasn’t hindering the process.
Sources close to Ten Hag and the Dutch club have suggested that dialogue has taken place over the financial component as well as how to deal with a potential announcement – should the process progress like this – in terms of timing and width, given that Ajax is in a tight squeeze. Title race.
However, United insist this is premature, and no official investigation has been launched in this regard. They’ve made it clear that they don’t have a favorite yet to take over next season, and are simply following a rigorous process to settle on the right man.
Compensation figures and ease of recruitment will be confirmed with all candidates. The club feels it is unfair to portray Tin Hag as the hot favorite for the position while they are still working through their shortlist.
Mauricio Pochettino and Luis Enrique are also under consideration, while Julen Lopetegui appears to have ruled himself out of the competition by saying: “I’m where I want to be. Will you stay on the bench in Seville next season? I have no doubts.”
Sources indicated that Ten Hag would be the easiest to secure because Ajax expects him to leave and negotiations with him were smooth.
In the meantime, he will leave PSG with Pochettino on his terms and not those of another club.
It has been reported that they would have to pay between £15m to £20m if they sack the Argentine and his staff, expenses that would be saved if he was offered another job and he accepted it.
Pochettino and Ten Hag have always been considered the preferred options for the job, a reporting sequence United have not discouraged.
Enrique’s interest is complicated by his commitment to Spain, which he is set to lead in the Qatar World Cup.
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