Erik ten Hag is set for a fresh transfer blow with Brian Brobbey expected to sign for Ajax.
The Dutch striker spend the second half of last season on loan at the Eredivisie champions where he forged a strong relationship with Manchester United’s new manager.
Ajax want make the 20-year-old’s move from RB Leipzig a permanent one, but Ten Hag is reported to have made an attempt to hijack that deal.
United arrived in America on Saturday, minus Cristiano Ronaldo whose future remains uncertain having asked to leave the club just 12 months after his emotional Old Trafford homecoming.
The 37-year-old has reportedly been given indefinite leave for family reasons, but privately United are said to be willing to part company with last season’s 24-goal top scorer if they receive an offer in the region of £14million.
United are said to have begun the process of sounding out potential replacements for Ronaldo, while Ten Hag is hopeful the ongoing speculation won’t overshadow the start of pre-season.
Speaking ahead of his squad’s flight to the Far East, Ten Hag said: ‘Of course, I want to bring the energy in my team, but I must say, the players do really well. They are really focused.
‘They bring, for themselves, the energy. You see they enjoy playing football. They enjoy playing football together and they really work well together.’
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