Man Utd target Hakimi and Dumfries as Ten Hag revolution continues

Jacque Talbot
Jacque Talbot Updated: 16 Jul 2022 10:11 BST 3 min read
Achraf Hakimi, PSG, 2021/22

Manchester United will focus their attention on bringing in a right-back now the fee has been agreed with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong, FootballTransfers can reveal.

The De Jong saga is not over yet as per the outstanding €17 million the Dutchman is owed in deferred wages - but now that both sides have agreed the fee of €85m, Man Utd will now look to bolstering their right-back position.

Erik ten Hag already has a list of names that he is focusing on, but will first need to move on Aaron Wan-Bissaka, which we understand won't be easy owing to his high wage and length of his contract.

But there is confidence an overhaul will start to shape up at Man Utd now, with a number of players departing ahead of the new campaign.

With the onus on the right-back spot, we are told that Inter Milan are open to selling Denzel Dumfries. The Netherlands is considered a cheaper option and a player who suits Ten Hag's blueprint.

There have been discussions over Paris Saint-Germain's Achraf Hakimi, who the new Red Devils boss really likes, but the 23-year-old is very likely too costly at present.

We can confirm that Kyle Walker-Peters of Southampton is included on the list of options, but not high up as it stands.

Meanwhile, on the left-flank, we understand David Raum has been explored and remains of significant interest to Man Utd, despite Hoffenheim quoting a high sum to the Premier League side last month.

Antony still on radar

Antony, Ajax, 2021/22

Ajax's Antony is still on Man Utd's radar but they are not willing to meet the entirety of the €80m that the Dutch club demand, we have been told.

The club still has ambitions to bring him in and spend a significant fee to do so, though we are told it's likely to be one that will go to the wire, dependent again on what players they can move off the wage bill.

FootballTransfers was informed in May that Man Utd would be given a transfer budget competitive of any top European side but the complexity of the De Jong deal has ruptured their plans somewhat.

Meanwhile, Ajax are Champions League regulars and have already received substantial fees for Sebastien Haller, who left for Borussia Dortmund, and Lisandro Martinez, who is set to become a Man Utd player.

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