Man Utd can land Erik ten Hag for tiny compensation fee with Ajax manager available for bargain

MANCHESTER UNITED can land Erik ten Hag for just £1.7million this summer, according to reports.

The Ajax boss is now the bookies' favourite to take charge at Old Trafford next season, after impressing in his five years in Amsterdam.

Ten Hag, 52, refused to rule out a move to the Red Devils in an interview this week – and the Premier League giants wouldn't have to pay much to secure his services.

According to De Telegraaf, Ajax will receive around £1.7m from United if Ten Hag decides to move.

This is under half the £4.2m that Borussia Dortmund paid for their previous boss Peter Bosz.

The report adds that United are "pulling" at Ten Hag – and that the Dutchman's Ajax stay next season is "no longer a certainty".

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Quizzed by Sport1 about United's interest, the in-demand boss said: "People know each other in our business.

"There are always talks with representatives from other clubs, that's normal.

"Man United is a big club with great fans. But I can only repeat that my full focus is on Ajax."

He then added: "I've sat down with Ajax after every season – and this year again, I can say that Ajax and Ten Hag are very happy with each other at the moment.

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"I need all my energy for final games. Anything else would just be a distraction."

Pressed further, he admitted: "In football you never know.

"I don't want to rule anything out.

"I know that in football everything can change from one day to the next.

"If at some point I should decide to take the next step, I hope that Ajax people will understand."

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