Manchester United have further entered panic mode as their intended move for Cristiano Ronaldo's former teammate and Juventus midfielder Adrian Rabiot have fallen apart due to the midfielder’s wage demands.
Manchester United in limbo as deal with Ronaldo's former teammate fall apart
Ten Hag has since his arrival at Man United, been desperate to strengthen his midfield, especially considering back-to-back defeats to Brentford and Brighton.
United's manager Erik ten Hag has since his arrival at the club this summer, been desperate to strengthen his midfield, especially considering back-to-back opening Premier League defeats to Brentford and Brighton.
With the deal for Rabiot now fallen apart, the Premier League could be regarded to be back to square one.
What happened with Rabiot's deal?
Veronique Rabiot, the mother of the Juventus playmaker who negotiated a deal on his behalf was frequently seen as a roadblock in conversations because of her feared reputation.
Manchester United's football director John Murtough was reported to have flown to Turin last week in an attempt to close the deal after United reached an agreement with Juventus on August 6.
United had agreed to pay a £15 million price to Italian giants for Rabiot, with the possibility of increasing it to £20 million, but the France international reportedly demanded an outrageous which the Red Devils refused to pay.
Back to square one for Ten Hag
The Dutchman had made it clear that he wants to bring in new players, meaning that Rabiot's deal falling off will come as a huge setback for his plans this season.
The Red Devils kickstarted the new Premier League season embarrassingly with losses to Brighton: 2-1 at home, and Brentford: 4-0 away from home.
So far, the former Ajax boss has welcomed just three players this summer, centreback Lisandro Martinez, fullback Tyrell Malacia and midfielder Christian Eriksen.
Failure to sign Rabiot leaves United’s plans in further disarray as the transfer deadline on September 1 looms, with the club having earlier said goodbye to central midfielders Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba.