Erik ten Hag hints at Manchester United deadline drama, says club ‘will stay alert’ to opportunities

Erik ten Hag has provided an update on Manchester United’s transfer deals, saying the club will “remain vigilant” on deadline day, despite further signings unlikely after Martin Dubravka.

The window closes hours after United’s game against Leicester City on Thursday, with the Reds having already completed a host of deals.

So far this summer, United have beaten their previous spending record in a summer, which previously stood at around £150million.

The arrivals of Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Antony and the expected arrival of Martin Dubravka are expected to take United’s spending to £221m.

Although no move for Dubravka has yet been officially announced, Ten Hag spoke about the 33-year-old goalkeeper.

When asked if the Slovakia international would be the last signing of United’s window, Ten Hag replied: “I think so, for this window it will be the end.”

Newcastle United’s Martin Dubravka. (Alamy)

However, he also hinted that there could still be drama on deadline day at the club, saying: “But when there is a big opportunity you always have to be vigilant as a top club. .”

Dubravka’s move is expected to be a loan deal with United paying Newcastle a fee of around £5million.

Antony’s latest signing was announced by both clubs United and Ajax earlier this week, although reaching a deal is subject to medical, personal and international clearance conditions.

When asked what Antony would bring aside, Ten Hag joked, “We have to sign him first.

“There is an agreement between the clubs, but the paperwork is not done so I can’t go too far in the factor,” said Ten Hag.

United spent an estimated £85million on Antony, making the Brazil international the club’s second most expensive signing after Paul Pogba.

However, Ten Hag thinks incoming attacks were and still are necessary.

He said: “[In our] attacking department, we still need to strengthen our squad because we have a lot of games to cover. Now we go into three games a week, every three or four days.

The 52-year-old’s comments came after he confirmed striker Anthony Martial will miss the clash against Leicester as he is still suffering from an Achilles injury.

Martial also missed last Saturday’s trip to Southampton with the same problem; one he picked up in training just days after an impressive second-half appearance in United’s Old Trafford win over Liverpool.

The Frenchman’s injury could pave the way for Cristiano Ronaldo to return to training, with Ten Hag expecting the Portugal international to stay at the club this summer.

Ronaldo has been linked with a move for several weeks, however, when asked if Aaron Wan-Bissaka will leave in the current window, Ten Hag said: “Aaron will stay. This team, we’re going to go from September to January minimum. We will play with this team this season,” almost certainly ruling out any potential Ronaldo departure.

As for Wan-Bissaka, the right-back had attracted interest from Premier League clubs West Ham United and his former club Crystal Palace, but no move materialized with United unable to find a replacement so late in the day. the window.

The 24-year-old hasn’t started any of United’s games this season, with Ten Hag apparently favoring Diogo Dalot for his more natural quality on the ball.