Word stemming from the European media on Sunday evening has pointed towards a potentially significant blow to Manchester United’s hopes of making Ajax headmaster Erik ten Hag the club’s next manager.
Ten Hag, of course, has been hotly tipped to take his talents to Old Trafford in the summer for some time now.
This comes with Ralf Rangnick preparing to call time on his interim stint in charge at United, and the club’s board understood to have identified Ajax’s boss as a desirable target to replace the German.
Recent reports have pointed towards ten Hag as having surpassed Mauricio Pochettino as the clear frontrunner for the post, with negotiations over the terms of a contract ongoing between the two parties.
As alluded to above, however, if speculation across the media on Sunday evening is to be believed, then the Red Devils could yet see their touchline plans thrown into disarray over the weeks ahead.
This comes amid suggestions that a rival suitor have firmly entered themselves into the ten Hag sweepstakes.
The outfit in question? RB Leipzig.
As per a report from the reliable Mike Verweij of Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, Leipzig are ‘prepared to pay’ the 2 million euro release clause in the contract of Ajax’s highly-regarded tactician.
Not only that, but the Bundesliga club are said to have gone as far as to table a lucrative multi-year contract proposal to ten Hag, who is open to the prospect of taking his talents to Germany:
‘Although Manchester United were in pole position to bring in the successful coach, the battle seems to be wide open again.’
Grote concurrentie voor #ManchesterUnited. RB Leipzig doet Erik ten Hag uitstekende, meerjarige aanbieding en is bereid gelimiteerde transfersom (2 miljoen euro) over te maken naar #Ajax https://t.co/Usazwlf9L1
— Mike Verweij (@MikeVerweij) April 10, 2022
It is also important to note, however, that, despite Verweij generally being regarded as highly reliable when it comes to all things Dutch football, the journalist’s claims have since been firmly denied by rival sources.
This comes amid further assurances that those in a position of power at the Red Bull Arena remain fully behind current boss Domenico Tedesco.
Ten Hag to RB Leipzig NOT TRUE! They are very happy with Tedesco.
Ten Hag was on the list BEFORE they signed Tedesco
— Jan Aage Fjørtoft 🏳️🌈 🇳🇴 💛💙 (@JanAageFjortoft) April 10, 2022
This article was edited by Ben Browning.