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Man Utd ‘concerned’ by Ten Hag’s agent with transfer business in the spotlight

Manchester United staff have grown concerned about Erik ten Hag’s agent, Kees Vos, and his involvement in the club’s transfer business, according to reports.

Ten Hag’s huge control over the Red Devils’ recruitment has come under criticism amid the worst Premier League start in the club’s history.

The Dutchman was handed the freedom to sign players for a second summer this year, splashing around £190m on seven new recruits.

According to the Mail, Vos’ Sports Entertainment Group are now the main agency to negotiate player signings and sales at Old Trafford.

They have also advised Man United on the transfer market, with Vos an Old Trafford and Carrington regular since Ten Hag became head coach last year.

This summer, Rasmus Hojlund switched to SEG a month before completing his £72m transfer from Atalanta.

The agency also stood for United as the Premier League side scrambled to complete a deal for Fiorentina star Sofyan Amrabat.

Zidane Iqbal also joined SEG to help secure a move away from M16, joining Utrecht only two months after leaving CAA Base.

The report claims Ten Hag’s son Nigel works for SEG as an analyst, and the agency’s influence has left other agents disgruntled over what they view as the manager robbing them of deals.

SEG have a longer history at Old Trafford, helping bring Dutch Robin van Persie, Memphis Depay and Daley Blind to Manchester.

But, the agency reportedly didn’t feature once in the club’s 45 intermediary transactions published by the FA between February 2022 and January 2023.

It shows a sudden change implemented by Ten Hag, who has infamously stuck with signings he trusts across his three transfer windows at the club.

Lisandro Martinez and Antony joined him in leaving Ajax last summer window, while he also knew Tyrell Malacia from the Eredivisie.

This year, Wout Weghorst’s Dutch roots helped him complete a short-term loan in the January transfer window.

Ten Hag also became familiar with Mason Mount in the Netherlands and previously coached Andre Onana and Amrabat at Ajax and Utrecht, respectively.

Meanwhile, Man United stress that clubs developing a close relationship with agencies through personal relationships is nothing out of the ordinary and they are comfortable with Vos’ involvement.

   

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