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Man Utd: Erik ten Hag and John Murtough make transfer decision after losing Darwin Nunez | Football | Sport

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Manchester United have been forced to vary their transfer strategy after missing out on Erik ten Hag’s top striker goal Darwin Nunez. Their frustrations over the 22-year-old have been a part of a problematic summer transfer window up to now, with no signings through the door a day before pre-season training commences at Carrington.

United were expected to launch a pursuit of Nunez after sealing a deal for priority goal Frenkie de Jong, over whom talks are advancing with the hope of completion before June 30. Nevertheless, Liverpool stole a march on their bitter rivals and secured his services in an £85million transfer earlier this month.

United eyeing a recent striker signing got here as no surprise given the circumstances Ten Hag has inherited at Old Trafford. Edinson Cavani will leave as a free agent on July 1, Mason Greenwood stays suspended, doubts loom over Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial’s form, and Cristiano Ronaldo turns 38 next season.

Nevertheless, ESPN report Ten Hag and football director John Murtough have diverted their attention towards recruiting a more versatile forward reasonably than an all-out striker this summer. The fresh stance could see United launch a bid for Ajax winger Antony, who is known to be considering joining his former boss in England.

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Nevertheless, the report claims Ajax’s £69m asking price is proving difficult to navigate around, with Ten Hag and Murtough working on a good budget because of the absence of Champions League football. United are set to pay the identical fee for De Jong, which is taken into account to be a major chunk of what they plan to spend all summer.

Due to this fact it’s unlikely the Red Devils will splash out one other large sum on a single player while Ten Hag desires to bolster different areas of his squad. The Dutchman also desires to add a centre-back and a second midfielder to his ranks before the season starts.

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