Erik ten Hag reportedly wants to sign Tottenham Hotspur winger Steven Bergwijn at Manchester United
The Dutchman reportedly tried to sign the winger multiple times during his time at Ajax, most recently being in January 2022. However, the move was blocked by the Spurs.
He might now finally be able to sign Bergwijn after he joins United. As per The Telegraph, a three-year deal has been agreed between ten Hag and United to become the new manager at Old Trafford.
Bergwijn joined Tottenham in January 2020 from PSV Eindhoven and scored on his Premier League debut in a 2-0 win over Manchester City. However, he has since had an up-and-down career with the Lilywhites.
Earlier, Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura were preferred over the winger. Dejan Kulusevski’s addition in January has now pushed the Dutchman even further down the pack.
He has made 27 appearances this season in all competitions, scoring four goals and providing two assists. Overall, he has scored eight goals and provided ten assists in 78 appearances for the Spurs.
Manchester United will reportedly have to spend over £20 million if they want to sign Bergwijn, and his wages are currently £100,000 per week.
Should Manchester United sign Steven Bergwijn from Tottenham Hotspur?
Manchester United could face a lack of attacking options this summer. Jesse Lingard and Edinson Cavani are expected to leave with their contracts expiring.
The futures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford are still unclear. Anthony Martial, currently on loan at Sevilla, is also likely to leave. Hence, they do need reinforcement in that area.
While his stats at Tottenham might not favor Bergwijn, the fact that ten Hag is impressed by the winger could be a selling point. Moreover, he has been good for the Netherlands, scoring three goals in two games in the recent international break.
United have often been accused of buying stars and not the players that the manager currently needs. Hence, if ten Hag becomes the manager, he must be given the freedom to choose his players.
However, as per the aforementioned source, they could have to compete with clubs in France and Germany for Bergwijn’s signature.