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Manchester United report: Erik ten Hag could have trouble signing Chelsea forward

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag speaks during a press conference at Carrington Training Ground on August 12, 2022 in Manchester, England
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Manchester United (opens in new tab) boss Erik ten Hag is reportedly eager to bring Chelsea (opens in new tab)'s Hakim Ziyech to Old Trafford – but it seems his own board may not back an approach for the Moroccan winger.

It's been an underwhelming transfer window for United, who fell to a 2-1 home loss to Brighton in their opening game of the new Premier League season last Sunday.

Christian Eriksen has signed, as has left-back Tyrell Malacia and centre-half Lisandro Martinez, but targets such as Frenkie de Jong have so far eluded the Red Devils.

The club had a £7.6m bid for Marko Arnautovic rejected earlier this week and subsequently dropped their interest in the Bologna striker, meaning their search for attacking additions goes on.

However, according to Manchester Evening News, the United hierarchy are resisting Ten Hag's desire to re-unite with Ziyech, who he coached at Ajax (opens in new tab).

Hakim Ziyech of Chelsea arrives prior to kick off of the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC at Goodison Park on August 06, 2022 in Liverpool, England

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Ziyech – an unused substitute as Chelsea began their campaign with a 1-0 win at Everton – is said to have been earmarked by Ten Hag as an alternative to Ajax's Antony, who the Dutch giants are thought to value at a prohibitive €80m (£67.6m).

The report adds that the 13-time Premier League champions also tried and failed with a last-ditch effort to sign Timo Werner, who has ended his disappointing time at Chelsea by returning to RB Leipzig (opens in new tab).

There might be some hope for United in their quest to strengthen at centre-forward following Edinson Cavani's departure, though: per Sky Sports (opens in new tab), Sasa Kalajdzic is one of various options being considered, and the Stuttgart and Austria man-mountain is believed to be keen on a switch to Old Trafford.

That's despite former United interim boss – and current Austria boss – Ralf Rangnick appearing to suggest (opens in new tab) that Kalajdzic should forgo any move this summer for the sake of his development.

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...