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Manchester City decision could hand Erik ten Hag what he needs at Manchester United



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Manchester United are continuing to try and work out a deal to sign a new midfielder for Erik ten Hag this summer.

The name that is being widely reported to be Manchester United‘s first-choice signing for the position this summer is Sofyan Amrabat.

However, Erik ten Hag is in need of raising money through player sales before he can secure his next target, with the club aiming to collect over £100 million in player sales.

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Those on the chopping block at this moment in time are Fred and Donny van de Beek, With Harry Maguire set to sign for West Ham.

Fred will certainly leave the club after interest has been mounting in Turkey and the Premier League, while Donny van de Beek has been speaking to Real Sociedad who are keen on the player.

Thirdly, United and West Ham have agreed a deal in principle for the transfer of Harry Maguire for around £30 million – personal terms are not expected to be a problem.

However, these three players do not make up £100m worth of stock – United, if they are to raise that much, must sell Scott McTominay, too.

The club feel that a valuation of £45m for McTominay is a fair one considering his age, experience and the fact that his contract does not expire until 2026 – although West Ham, who hold an interest in the player, do not want to raise their offer.

It was reported on Tuesday evening that United may be willing to turn some of this money into add-ons related to European qualification and winning domestic trophies, but Manchester City‘s latest move may give West Ham the boost they need in order to complete the signings of both Maguire and McTominay.

City are said to be interested in signing Hammers midfielder Lucas Paqueta, who could fetch a fee of up to £70m, which would mean West Ham’s player sales would pass the mark of £175m.

This kind of money could hand the Hammers the perfect opportunity to reach United’s valuation of the player and offer Ten Hag the chance to raise that £100m in sales in order to sign Amrabat.

Only time will tell.