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Ten Hag in dreamland as Man Utd move for irresistible goal machine gets greenlight; new price tag revealed as talks begin

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag during a training session at the Aon Training Complex, Greater Manchester

Erik ten Hag taking Manchester United training

A second source has confirmed a defender with a mind-boggling goalscoring record craves a move to Man Utd, and how much a transfer will cost has been revealed.

The Athletic recently reported three positions are in line for a tune-up at Old Trafford this summer. Centre-forward will take precedence as well as most of the headlines. On that front, Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen remain United’s two main focuses.

Elsewhere, an elite box-to-box midfielder is wanted, while an attacking upgrade at right-back is also being eyed.

Regarding the latter, Aaron Wan-Bissaka is likely to be the fall guy if Erik ten Hag gets his wish. Wan-Bissaka has barely put a foot wrong this season, though his lack of impact on the attacking side of the game will always be a drawback.

Wan-Bissaka actually came close to leaving Man Utd in the January window. However, Fabrizio Romano revealed his solid displays around the turn of the year earned a stay of execution. Diogo Dalot’s injury issues around that time also factored into United holding firm.

However, it’s likely to be a different story six months on. United triggered a one-year option in Dalot’s contract that extended his deal until 2024. Talks over a new, long-term extension are bubbling away in the background.

Dalot is very much a part of Ten Hag’s plans moving forward, though he could be competing with an incredibly attack-minded right-back moving forwards.

Romano reported on April 10 that Bayer Leverkusen’s Jeremie Frimpong was “keen” on the idea of joining Man Utd.

The Dutchman’s agent has held talks with three interested clubs already – Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Manchester United.

Now, a fresh update from Germany has added fuel to the fire and seemingly given Man Utd the greenlight. How much a Frimpong deal will cost has also surfaced.

Frimpong to Man Utd there for the making

Patrick Berger of Sport1 echoed the claims Frimpong is “keen” to move to Man Utd. On the subject of cost, Leverkusen will reportedly cash in if a fee in the region of €50m (approx. £44m) is bid.

With the player keen to make the move, Ten Hag searching for an attacking upgrade, and Leverkusen naming their price, all the pieces are in place for United to strike.

If signed, the 22-year-old would raise United’s threat down the right side to a whole new level.

Frimpong has switched between operating as an orthodox right-back or a right wing-back this term. If moving to United, he’d be deployed in Ten Hag’s customary back four.

Regardless, that’s unlikely to temper his attacking talents with Frimpong having notched an incredible eight goals and five assists in the Bundesliga this term.

He’s also provided a further four assists across Leverkusen’s campaigns in the Champions League and Europa League.

By contrast, Dalot and Wan-Bissaka have combined for just one goal and four assists this season. Clearly, a Frimpong arrival would add a new dimension to Ten Hag’s side.

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