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Man United’s line up under Erik ten Hag with three signings as boss ‘certain’ to leave Ajax

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Manchester United could appoint Erik ten Hag as their new manager in the summer after reports claimed he was “certain” to be heading for the exit door at Ajax after the club’s director of football affairs Marc Overmars resigned.

The former Arsenal winger left the Dutch club earlier this week after admitting he was “ashamed” for sending inappropriate messages to female colleagues.

Ten Hag was linked with the top job at Old Trafford following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last autumn.

The 52-year-old ultimately stayed put as the Red Devils brought in Ralf Rangnick on a temporary basis.

But United will be on the lookout for a permanent successor to Rangnick in the summer and could reignite their interest in Ten Hag if the Ajax boss does leave his current position.

And according to Express Sport below is how United could line up under the Dutchman if he moves to England and signs three players.

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Goalkeeper – De Gea

David de Gea has returned to his top form this season after years of inconsistent performances.

The Spain international, who was once regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers in the world, was named the Premier League’s player of the month for January and should continue between the posts under Ten Hag.

Defence – Mazraoui, Varane, De Ligt, Telles

Rangnick appears to have turned his back on Aaron Wan-Bissaka since arriving in Manchester, with the right-back featuring just three times under the German.

Diogo Dalot has been preferred to the former Crystal Palace man – but Ten Hag could opt to sign current Ajax right-back Noussair Mazraoui if he takes charge.

The 24-year-old Morocco international has been in stellar form this season and starred as his team won all six of their Champions League group stage matches.

Ten Hag could also try to lure Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt to Old Trafford.

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The 22-year-old was part of Ten Hag’s Ajax side which reached the semi-finals of the 2018/19 Champions League before he secured a mega-money move to Italy.

De Ligt would surely jump at the chance of linking up with his former boss in England and could line up alongside Raphael Varane in central defence.

Meanwhile, Brazil international Alex Telles could keep his place at left-back having ousted Luke Shaw from the side recently.

Midfield – De Jong, Fred, Fernandes

United have struggled in their midfield this season, but the heavily-criticised Fred was apparently recently backed by Rangnick during a meeting with club chiefs.

So the Brazil international could find himself at the heart of the United team – but he might be given a new midfield partner if Ten Hag can prise Frenkie de Jong away from Barcelona.

De Jong is another player who was instrumental during Ajax’s European run three seasons ago and may fancy a shot in the Premier League.

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The 24-year-old is a star player for Barca but the Catalan club are in desperate need of cash, so they could let him go for the right price.

Further forward, Bruno Fernandes would likely continue to be the chief creator for the front three.

Forwards – Sancho, Ronaldo, Rashford

Jadon Sancho has endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford – but United spent big money on him so Ten Hag would surely attempt to get him firing from the wing.

On the opposite flank, Marcus Rashford has illustrated his qualities in seasons gone by and is another player who could be positively impacted by Ten Hag’s arrival after an inconsistent campaign so far.

The duo could start in a front three alongside the evergreen Cristiano Ronaldo, who would be tasked with leading the line and putting the ball in the back of the net.

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Report: Arsenal now really Keen to sign ‘Astonishing’ attacker who scored more goals than Gabriel Jesus last season

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According to But Football Club, Arsenal want to sign Bayer Leverkusen and France winger Moussa Diaby before the transfer window shuts.

The Gunners are looking for a new wide player. Raphinha was high on their wish list and Mikel Arteta tried really hard to bring him in. The Brazilian, however, joined Barcelona for £55 million (Sky Sports) instead, and Arsenal have now apparently turned their attention to Diaby.

Arsenal really keen to sign Moussa Diaby from Bayer Leverkusen

Diaby is one of the finest players in the Bundesliga.

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The 23-year-old France international scored 17 goals and provided 14 assists in all competitions, which is a truly sensational return for a wide player.

His performances have caught the eye of a number of clubs, including Arteta’s Arsenal. The report claims that Diaby ‘strongly appeals’ to the Gunners boss, who is really keen to bring in a new winger before the window shuts.

The ‘astonishing‘ winger has come out and claimed that he wants to stay at Leverkusen this season, while the German outfit are keen to retain his services too.

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However, the report claims that if an offer in the region of £59.2 million arrives, they will let him go.

Arsenal don’t intend to pay that figure, but the report claims they will try to negotiate a deal for a lower fee.

Diaby still has three years left on his contract at Leverkusen.

Diaby really is a sensational player.

31 goal involvements in a single campaign for a 23-year-old wide player is a truly sensational return.

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Even Gabriel Jesus, who is viewed as the answer to Arsenal’s goalscoring woes, didn’t score as many goals as Frenchman last season.

Arsenal’s backup winger at the moment is Nicolas Pepe. The Ivorian, on his day, is unplayable, but sadly for Arsenal supporters, those days have rarely ever occurred over the last three years.

Diaby would be a massive upgrade over Pepe, but whether Arsenal can lure him in remains to be seen.

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Report: Star ready to join Man United now wants £33.7million contract

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The latest reports in the media are anything to go by and Adrien Rabiot’s mother-agent, Veronique, is proving to be a difficult negotiator.

Last night, we covered a story (via La Gazzetta Dello Sport) claiming that the French international has demanded a three-year deal worth £25.4million to move to Old Trafford.

This morning, as per Corriere dello Sport (news image provided below), the Red Devils have agreed a fee worth 17-18 million euros with Juventus but the dilemma is that the agreement with the player is still missing.

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Ten Hag contacted Rabiot to convince him to join Man Utd which is why the midfielder became willing to negotiate personal terms.

However, Veronique now wants a four-year contract worth 40 million euros (£33.7million) for his son and the negotiations have slowed down.

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Manchester United’s midfield department is in desperate need of reinforcements and Ten Hag may end up losing out on signing Frenkie de Jong to Chelsea.

The last big signing for the central midfield was done back in 2018 when Mourinho splashed the cash to lure Fred from Shakhtar. The Red Devils must act fast to strengthen things in the center of the park.

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Rabiot is neither as creative as Pogba nor as versatile as De Jong. However, he has experience of winning big titles with PSG and Juventus and even with France. So, in all fairness, he would be an upgrade to McFred.

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Man United pushing for Pogba replacement in more ways than one

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Manchester United may be about to take on another troublesome Frenchman, having just gotten rid of one.

The departures of Paul Pogba and others this summer have left new manager Erik ten Hag with a bare cupboard in terms of midfield options.

United have turned to Juventus outcast Adrien Rabiot, who is available for £15 million, after failing to secure Frenkie de Jong, the Ten Hag’s top transfer target, from Barcelona.

Rabiot, 27, isn’t particularly popular at Juventus and hasn’t replicated the form that established his reputation during the seven years he spent at PSG before that.

But it isn’t just on-field sluggishness that has harmed the reputation of a player who was once regarded as France’s golden boy.

Off-field squabbles and indiscretions, not only by Rabiot but also by his formidable mother and agent Veronique, have earned him a reputation as a difficult customer in the game.

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However, Ten Hag and United are becoming increasingly desperate. Despite the club’s insistence that their interest in Rabiot was firm prior to Sunday’s season-opening loss to Brighton, the timing appears to be a reactionary move.

And Rabiot’s rap sheet contains numerous items that could cause United to live to regret their decision.

Rabiot was on the verge of breaking into the PSG senior squad after graduating from their academy in 2012.

Rabiot was supposed to travel to Qatar with the team for a mid-season tour, but his mother insisted on accompanying him.

Veronique, Rabiot’s uncompromising agent, enters the picture. After his father, Michel Provost, suffered a stroke in 2007 that left him with locked-in syndrome, she took over his career. Michel is paralysed but fully aware.

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Her insistence on accompanying the tour caused friction, and Rabiot was eventually loaned out to Toulouse.

Even stranger, she allegedly insisted on attending all of their training sessions while there.

Two years later, Rabiot was on the verge of leaving PSG after Laurent Blanc demoted him to the reserves.

Veronique was waiting for Blanc as he left PSG’s Camp des Loges training facility one evening.

‘You can’t treat him like that. ‘I’m not going to agree to that,’ Blanc was told, presumably forcefully.

PSG had no choice but to call in security, but the confrontation appeared to work.

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Rabiot’s contract with PSG was renewed – and on better terms – not long after he failed to secure a move to Roma.

France’s hopes of adding the European Championship to their World Cup glory last year ended when they lost on penalties to Switzerland in the last-16.

Afterwards, an extraordinary video emerged of Veronique confronting Mbappe’s father, Wilfried, after the PSG striker missed the decisive spot-kick.

It is thought she said: ‘It is embarrassing how he struck that, for a player of his level. He hit it too lightly, I hope you are going to scold him.’

Apparently during an earlier discussion, Veronique told Wilfried his son was ‘arrogant’, has a ‘big head’ and gets ‘too much protection from the press.’

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