MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly sounded out the compensation fee needed to prise Ajax boss Erik ten Hag away from the Johan Cruyff Arena.
SunSport understands the Dutchman is the favourite to succeed interim Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford at the end of the season.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag could succeed Ralf Rangnick to be Manchester United’s next managerCredit: Getty
The 52-year-old was interviewed for the United job last week, though no offer has yet been sent to Ten Hag.
United’s failure to offer him a contract is said to have shocked the ex-FC Twente centre-back.
But according to Sky Sports, United have been gathering information as to what compensation figure Ajax would be seeking to part ways with Ten Hag.
They state that sources close to Ajax and Ten Hag have suggested that dialogue has taken place over the financial element of a potential move to Old Trafford.
The news report also adds that there has been discussion at how they would handle a possible announcement with Ajax currently in a title race.
Ajax, who have won two Eredivisie titles under Ten Hag’s tutelage, are two points clear of PSV at the top of the table with seven games to play.
Despite the strong interest in Teg Hag, Sky report that United do not have a preferred target to take charge of the club.
It has been said that the Red Devils ascertaining information about a compensation fee will be done with all candidates.
Ten Hag is on a five-man shortlist for the United job.
United are also said to be keeping tabs on Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino, Spain’s Luis Enrique, Sevilla’s Julen Lopetegui and even Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel.
Former United boss Louis van Gaal has advised compatriot Ten Hag steer clear of a move to the Theatre of Dreams because they are a “commercial club” as opposed to a football one.
He said: “I think Ten Hag is great coach.
“A great coach is good for Man Utd. But they are a commercial club.
“Those are difficult choices for a coach. He should choose a football club, not a commercial club.”