With only nine wins in their first 18 games, the club is hoping for major improvements when the domestic season resumes. In anticipation of a probable transfer to Manchester, the Dutch manager is looking at several potential recruits.
According to Football Insider, Manchester United will face stiff competition, primarily from Chelsea and Manchester City, for the signing of French teenage defender Arouna Sangante, whose current market worth is assessed to be €7.4 million (£6.5 million) by Football Transfers. While Le Havre may demand a greater charge, Ten Hag may be able to negotiate.
The rumours surrounding Raphael Varane’s future highlights the importance of acquiring a second centre defender. According to Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg, Varane is considering leaving Bayern Munich in January, despite his contract expiring in 2025. Ten Hag may seek defensive reinforcement with the revenues from Varane’s exit.
Despite Varane’s uncertain future, Sangante emerges as a potential successor. The 21-year-old, dubbed a “sensation” by journalist Pete O’Rourke, showed promise, notably assisting Le Havre’s return to Ligue 1 in the 2020-21 season with impressive contributions.
Sangante’s statistics in Ligue 2 show his prowess in accurate passes, interceptions, and clearances. He has continued to excel in Ligue 1, contributing significantly to his team’s clean sheets against formidable opponents such as AS Monaco and Lyon.
Despite Varane’s superior defensive statistics in the Premier League, Sangante demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities and is the youngest captain in Ligue 1. While still in his early stages of development, he appears to be a capable defender who could benefit from exposure to European football by joining Manchester United.
Varane’s possible departure coincides with Sangante’s suitability as an ideal replacement, according to the former Ajax manager’s preferences.