Manchester United have informally gathered information about Erik ten Hag, such as how much compensation Ajax would expect, following his interview for their permanent managerial job.
United held official talks with the 52-year-old last week, which were described as “very positive”, and Sky Sports News understands that a due diligence process followed on what it would entail if they chose to hire him.
Ajax allowed the formal discussion to take place and did not obstruct the process.
Sources close to Ten Hag and the Dutch club have suggested that a dialogue has taken place on the financial element as well as how to handle a possible announcement – if the process progresses this way – in terms of timing and presentation. , given that Ajax are in a difficult situation. title race.
However, United insist this is premature and no official investigation has been presented in this regard. They have made it clear that they do not yet have a preferred candidate to take charge next season and are simply going through a rigorous process to choose the right person.
Verification of compensation figures and ease of appointment will be done with all applicants. The club feels it is unfair to present Ten Hag as the favorite for the job while he is still working on his shortlist.
Mauricio Pochettino and Luis Enrique are also under consideration, while Julen Lopetegui seemingly ruled himself out saying: “I’m where I want to be. To continue on the Sevilla bench next season? I have no doubts. “
Sources have suggested Ten Hag would be the easiest to secure as Ajax expect him to leave and have been easy to deal with.
Paris Saint-Germain, meanwhile, will part ways with Pochettino on their terms and not those of another club.
It has been reported that they would have to shell out between £15m and £20m if they fire the Argentine and his staff, an expense that would be saved if he was offered and accepted another job.
Pochettino and Ten Hag have long been seen as the preferred options for the job, a line of reporting that has not been discouraged by United.
Interest in Enrique is complicated by his commitment to Spain, who he is set to lead at the World Cup in Qatar.
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