Although Ten Hag has prioritised strengthening his midfield this summer, the picture regarding other targets outside of De Jong is unclear. While the Dutchman can operate as a defensive midfielder, United fans will still crave a natural holding player to prevent experiencing similar issues Paul Pogba suffered from during his second stint at Old Trafford.
But West Ham United have priced suitors out of a move for Declan Rice this summer with a £150m valuation. Jude Bellingham is also high on United’s wishlist, but Borussia Dortmund are unlikely to sanction his sale after losing Erling Haaland to Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Kalvin Phillips’ hardcore Leeds roots have thwarted efforts to lure him to the club; Man City are thought to be in pole position.
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