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Man United target Erik ten Hag has already mastered Sir Alex Ferguson’s priceless ‘formula’

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Although there could yet be more twists and turns in the race to clinch one of the biggest jobs in football, it’s looking more and more likely that Erik ten Hag is the man who will be tasked with reinvigorating Manchester United.

And the Ajax chief has already shown that he has the same ‘formula’ for success that Sir Alex Ferguson once had.

Ten Hag is set to become the fifth man to try and propel club back to the heights that Ferguson elevated them to during his iconic tenure. United have floundered ever since the Scotsman stepped down from his role back in 2013.

Ferguson’s right-hand man Rene Meulensteen – who has been linked with a return to the club if Ten Hag takes charge – has previously outlined the ‘formula’ Ferguson cooked up to turn United into such an omnipotent force both domestically and in Europe.

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Meulensteen told The Manchester Evening News back in 2020: “It was almost a unique scenario that we had. You’re working with someone who had vast experience, someone who knew what it was to create a winning formula. The key was to maintain it and keep the squad up to a certain standard.

“Sir Alex’s expertise and experience shone through on a daily basis and you picked up so many things. The way he thinks about football, the way he thinks about managing games, the tactical changes you can make and the way he speaks to the players around the training ground, he made everyone feel important and that they were contributing to what we want to achieve.”

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While the likes of Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal have struggled to live up to the extraordinary standards set by United’s greatest ever manager, Ten Hag has already shown he has the scope to try and replicate the ferocious winning mentality that was instilled by Ferguson.

The 52-year-old has a remarkable record with Ajax in the Netherlands, where he’s won five trophies in four years. The Dutch giants have also won the domestic double twice during Ten Hag’s tenure and are on course to make it a hat-trick of doubles this season.

The Dutchman’s accolades in Amsterdam are even more impressive when you take into account the host of big names – including Donny van de Beek and Hakim Ziyech – who have been sacrificed under his watch.

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Quite simply, Ten Hag’s stock has never been higher – something that sets him apart from previous appointments made by club. David Moyes had enjoyed modest success at Everton, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was plucked from Molde for what was essentially a firefighting job after Mourinho had been sacked.

And although Mourinho and Van Gaal were iconic in their heyday, it was clear their powers were on the wane by the time they arrived at Old Trafford.

Ten Hag has manufactured a slick, well-oiled team that has evolved into a relentless, title-winning machine during his time in the Eredivisie amid some challenging circumstances. Achieving a similar feat in the Premier League will be tougher – but Ten Hag has already shown that he knows the blueprints to building success.

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Report: Chelsea agree personal terms with Inter Milan superstar

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Chelsea look to be closing in on the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei.

The Blues are reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Inter Milan youngster ahead of what is expected to be a €15m (plus add-ons) transfer. Inter had been looking for around €20m all told.

As per Fabrizio Romano, and others, the highly promising Italy youth international, though who has yet to make his senior professional debut, has agreed a six-year deal with the Blues, choosing Chelsea over the likes of OGC Nice in France and US Sassuolo in Italy.

Presumably, Casadei will not be joining the Chelsea first-team right away, though post-Brexit work permit rules are fairly esoteric and confusing.

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Perhaps he will end up joining one of the aforementioned teams on loan to build up the necessary professional experience? Just speculating…

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While the two teams have yet to agree a transfer, this looks to be drawing to a successful conclusion for us, adding yet another teenager talent to the team as we look to build for not only this season but for many seasons in the future.

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Mikel Arteta drops Youri Tielemans hint as Arsenal can sign ‘more complete’ N’Golo Kante

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Today’s Arsenal transfer round-up on Tuesday, August 16.

Tielemans hint

Mikel Arteta’s increased use of Granit Xhaka could mean that Arsenal are close to giving up on transfer target Youri Tielemans.

The Gunners are still chasing a deal for the Leicester City midfielder but have seen their chances dwindle of doing a deal this summer and now, despite Xhaka previously saying he had come close to leaving, the club could have to do without a new addition.

Xhaka is now part of a new leadership group at the Emirates Stadium, a possible indication that he may remain at the club and throw a move for Tielemans into doubt.

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Kante replacement

With Tielemans becoming less and less attainable this season, Arsenal have reportedly turned their attention elsewhere.

According to the Express, Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs including the Gunners and Manchester United. Having been previously compared with Kante, Arsenal’s desire to sign Caicedo is understandable.

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South American football expert Tim Vickery said, “A year ago he was saying that Kante of Chelsea is his role model but he is already more than that. He already offers more in the final third.”

Yeremi Pino flight explained

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has cleared the air regarding Yeremi Pino and denies that a bid has been made for him.

Romano told CaughtOffside, “Many clubs have been following Yeremi Pino for months, he is a top player of the future that at least three Premier League clubs have been monitoring for some time.

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“No proposals have been made yet to Villarreal, who would like more than €50m for their young star; it will not be an easy negotiation.

“As for the rumours about Arsenal – Edu was not travelling to Spain to meet Villarreal, also because Pino’s agents are based in the UK (Stellar Group).”

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Erik Ten Hag believes £64,000 a week player will agree to join Man United – Report

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Despite signing two defenders this summer, Manchester United’s backline has been terrible this season and yet another defender is linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Yesterday, we covered a story (via Sport) claiming that the Red Devils have submitted an offer to sign Sergino Dest, who has received a clear message to leave Barcelona.

Today, the Spanish news source have covered another report and stated that the American international has not been able to impress in the last two years, moreover, he failed to convince Xavi in pre-season. Therefore, his exit is considered essential.

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Erik ten Hag wants to get rid of Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer so that he can complete the signing of Dest, who is valued at 20 million euros.

The Catalan media outlet claim the Dutch manager believes that the 21-year-old Barca defender will agree (say Yes) to join Man United.

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Ten Hag really needs to understand that players from the Netherlands or connections with Ajax are not guaranteed to solve the conundrum at Old Trafford.

Under Van Gaal, Depay and Blind failed to shine for Man United. For Ten Hag, thus far, the likes of Eriksen, Martinez and Malacia have not settled.

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Now, he is pushing to sign another ex Ajax player in the form of Dest. The American was a hit in the Eredivisie but has proved to be average in the La Liga.

The youngster’s current contract at the Nou Camp will expire in 2025 and he earns around £64,000 a week (The Sun).

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