As manager of Manchester United, Erik ten Hag has been supported by additions totaling more than £225 million; nonetheless, the pressure is now on
To provide the Dutchman with five new first-team players, the Premier League team has spent slightly about a quarter of a billion dollars.
The second-most expensive signing in club history, Antony the winger from Ajax, was officially announced by United to have cost £84.8 million.
The sum they are paying for him to reunite with Ten Hag is only exceeded by the £89m they paid Juventus for Paul Pogba in 2016.
With Lisandro Martinez also joining from Ajax, it is the second time this summer that he has raided his former team, and the Red Devils have agreed to pay the Dutch club £141.5 million as a result.
This summer, Manchester United’s midfield has always been crucial, and their pursuit of Frenkie de Jong dragged on for several weeks, with
Instead, they went with Casemiro, paying Real Madrid £70 million to get the 30-year-old multiple Champions League champion.
However, Tyrell Malacia appears to be the best acquisition for the Red Devils this summer as he only cost £13 million and has excelled at left-back.
Christian Eriksen was also acquired by them on a free transfer, and Martin Dubravka’s loan from Newcastle appears to be adding depth to their goalkeeping roster.
This summer, Old Trafford has heard a lot more discussion about potential departures than about new signings.
Cristiano Ronaldo is still a member of United despite having made it plain that he wants to depart to participate in the Champions League.
He has been on the sidelines thus far, but he won’t be satisfied with sporadic brief appearances.
Harry Maguire, who lost his spot to Raphael Varane and Martinez, also has to be pleased with filling in. But he will remain and defend his position.
Ten Hag’s preferred starting lineup will eventually be valued at almost £475 million, with hundreds of millions more sitting on the bench.
The emphasis will be on the Dutchman to start delivering on the field with titles and a push for the Premier League now that he has his goals in place.
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