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Man Utd decide Erik ten Hag’s transfer budget for the January window | Football

The Dutchman receives fresh funds to strengthen his squad (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United are ready to hand Erik ten Hag a sizeable transfer budget in the January window, with the Dutchman reportedly already considering signings.

The Red Devils lost their first two Premier League games but responded by signing Casemiro from Real Madrid and Antony from Ajax and have now won four straight league games to move up to fifth place in the table.

In all, United spent over £200m on new arrivals over the summer, although Ten Hag had still failed to strengthen several areas he had identified as needing reinforcement.

The club started the season without a recognized striker – with Christian Eriksen starting as a false nine – and remain keen to bring in a new number 9, while Ten Hag are still looking to lure Frenkie de Jong to Old Trafford.

According to The Sun, the former Ajax boss will receive additional funds in January to further shape the squad and United are likely to be more proactive than usual this winter.

The World Cup is just two months away, meaning United have just eight Premier League games – and five in the Europa League – before the tournament begins in Qatar.

Due to the suspended season, this January window is expected to be one of the busiest ever and Ten Hag will receive a war chest of at least £70m to bolster their squad.

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo’s departure would free up even more funds (Picture: Getty)

He also receives money from player sales and if Cristiano Ronaldo finally manages to secure an exit – even on a free transfer – United’s budget will be boosted even further to £100m given the Portuguese star’s £450,000-a-week salary would be removed from the payroll.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner remains keen on leaving Old Trafford for a Champions League club and will again consider an exit in January, with United ready to let him go if they find a new striker be able to win.

According to The Sun’s report, Ten Hag has already turned his thoughts to the January window and started talks about future transfer plans.

The Glazers have backed the Dutchman and are ready to continue investing in the squad – and their new manager – and are even willing to increase his budget to over £100m should the right player become available.

Ten Hag have repeatedly stressed the need to buy quality over quantity and the importance of signing the ‘right’ players.

He still believes he is missing three top-flight first-team players to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool and let United fight for major honors again as a proactive January window leaves less work to do next summer.

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