Ten Hag wants French midfielder to kick off Man Utd ‘masterplan’

Date published: Friday 15th April 2022 9:57 - Dan Butterfield

Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni

Erik Ten Hag, who is on the verge of being appointed Manchester United manager, is hoping a French midfielder can start his Old Trafford ‘masterplan’.

The Ajax boss has reportedly agreed terms in principle with United but is yet to be officially announced as their next permanent manager.

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It is thought that confirmation of Ten Hag’s decision to swap the Eredivisie for the Premier League will come after the upcoming Dutch Cup final this weekend, which will see his side face PSV Eindhoven.

With the 52-year-old’s arrival looking imminent, a number of stars have been linked with the club as they look to rebuild on what has been another disappointing season.

United have made it five consecutive seasons without a trophy after a campaign of turmoil on and off the pitch and could miss out on qualification for the Champions League next season. Arsenal and Spurs are currently ahead of the Red Devils in the race for the top four.

Whether the prospect of no Champions League football next season will affect who the club will target this summer, it remains to be seen.

However, that wont stop a number of players from around the globe from being linked with a move to Manchester.

ESPN are reporting that the latest name to be on the Man Utd shortlist is Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman, who has already made eight appearances for the senior national side at the age of 22, has been in fine form in Ligue 1 this season.

His performances have drawn attention from a number of top sides around Europe, including Liverpool, Chelsea and Juventus.

The 22-year-old now appears to be on the shortlist for manager-to-be Ten Hag as he looks to improve what has been a troublesome position for a number of years at Old Trafford.

This season Scott McTominay, Fred, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba have all vied for a starting role in initially Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and, more recently, under Ralf Rangnick.

Tchouameni’s international teammates Pogba is out-of-contract in the summer and doesn’t look likely to agree a new deal whilst Matic, at 33, is hardly a long-term solution.

Scotland international McTominay and Brazilian Fred have improved this season but if United are to take the next step and begin challenging for titles again, they will need reinforcements and Monaco’s Tchouameni could be brought in to do just that.

It is also worth mentioning that Donny van de Beek, who is currently on loan at Everton, could feature more prominently next season after working under Ten Hag at Ajax.

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