The anticipated appointment of Erik ten Hag at Man Utd could yet be hijacked after a report revealed a tempting offer the Dutchman is considering from another European side.
Man Utd’s search for a new manager has seemingly driven them to Amsterdam. Ajax boss Ten Hag, 52, has been identified as the man to lead the rebuilding project at Old Trafford.
ESPN led the way, revealing why he had beaten out PSG’s Mauricio Pochettino as the favoured target to succeed Ralf Rangnick.
Fabrizio Romano then detailed why an announcement and total agreement between club and manager had yet to materialise. Should Ten Hag ultimately get the nod, club legend Cristiano Ronaldo may be forced out as early as this summer.
But according to the Sun, there may be bigger issues afoot.
Citing Dutch publication De Telegraaf, it’s claimed Ten Hag has an offer on the table from RB Leipzig. What’s more, the Sun state Ten Hag is ‘considering’ it.
The German side have reportedly already met with Ten Hag and paying off the £1.7m to get him out of his Ajax deal isn’t an issue.
An ‘excellent multi-year offer’ has reportedly been lodged with Leipzig hopeful Ten Hag can help them bridge the gap to Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in the coming years.
Leipzig banking on Champions League lure
The outlet acknowledges United can offer greater financial terms to Ten Hag than the vast majority of clubs – including Leipzig. However, the German side could have an ace up their sleeve.
Leipzig currently sit fourth in the Bundesliga and hold a handy three-point gap to fifth-placed Freiburg.
As such, they are on course to secure Champions League football for next season – something Manchester United may not be able to match.
Leipzig’s interest in Ten Hag is reportedly not out of the blue.
It’s noted he emerged on their radar in 2021 at the time when current Leeds boss Jesse Marsch was moved on.
Whether Leipzig’s last-ditch effort to hijack Man Utd’s move will pay off, only time will tell.
Though De Telegraaf do state that the race for Ten Hag is now ‘wide open’.