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Man Utd split after Erik ten Hag’s request to sign Chelsea star

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has asked the club’s board to sign Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea, according to reports.

The Blues have been open to selling Ziyech this summer and AC Milan have held extensive talks to sign the Moroccan attacker.

Ten Hag, meanwhile, is keen to add another attacking midfielder to his team but United have been priced out of a move for Antony as Ajax have raised his asking price to €100 million (£84.1m).

According to French journalist Nabil Djellit, Ten Hag has put forward Ziyech’s name to United’s board as a major signing.

But, United’s hierarchy are believed to be split over a move for the 29-year-old, which is why the club are yet to approach Chelsea.

Ziyech moved to Stamford Bridge in a €40m (£33.3m) deal from Ajax in the summer of 2020 but his first campaign was disrupted by injuries.

Last season, Ziyech struggled to secure a regular role in the team under Thomas Tuchel and started only 14 matches in the Premier League.

Ziyech has already experienced playing under Ten Hag at Ajax and in May, Dutch legend Marco van Basten urged the new United manager to sign his former midfielder.

‘What comes to my mind now is that I think Ziyech, who already plays in England, could be a very good footballer at Manchester United for Erik,’ Van Basten told Ziggo Sport.

However, Ten Hag refused to respond specifically to Van Basten’s suggestion to bring Ziyech to the theatre of dreams.

‘Of course this was already the case at Ajax,’ said Ten Hag. ‘You take that in and then you have to continue to work well with the dressing room and with people within the club.

‘You have to analyse well and make the right choices.’


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