Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has admitted he wants clarity over the club’s ownership situation as he begins summer recruitment plans.
The Dutchman is desperate to strengthen his squad this summer after tasting Carabao Cup success in his debut campaign at Old Trafford.
A striker tops Ten Hag’s shopping list, with the former Ajax manager keen to launch a bid for Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, who has emerged as his priority target.
Man United’s transfer chiefs are already exploring the possibility of striking a deal for the England captain. But summer plans have dragged on amid uncertainty over the club’s long-term ownership.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani are reportedly seeking immediate control of transfers should either of their offers to buy the club receive the green light from the Glazer family.
However, the long wait for approval means the takeover saga rumbles on, and the manager says he is in the dark about what funds are available for his summer transfer plans.
Ten Hag said (via the Telegraph): “No. I don’t have influence on that. I don’t have – also I don’t know,”
“The only thing I know is that Man United is one of the biggest clubs in the world. The club has to compete for the highest [honours] in the world.
“But in football, you need funds to construct squads because, at the end of the day, the level from your players decides if you are successful or not.
Asked how important it was that the takeover process was resolved swiftly so he can plan properly for the summer window, Ten Hag added: “I think it’s clear what I want, but it’s not up to me.
“It’s about others in this club. The family are the owners – they make the decisions – It’s not up to me. So I do everything I can, and I influence the processes I’m in charge of.”
Man United will hope to take another huge step toward Champions League qualification with a positive result against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Thursday.