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Erik ten Hag targets Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante as first Manchester United signing in overhaul

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New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has reportedly targeted Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante as part of his rebuild.

The midfield area is one Ten Hag is keen to strengthen this summer, particularly given the expected exits of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic on a free transfer.

Erik ten Hag, who has signed a three-year deal with the Red Devils, is expected to oversee an overhaul of the squad at Old Trafford with several first-team players set to leave and a number of transfers targeted.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag reportedly wants N'Golo Kante to kick-start his rebuild
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag reportedly wants N’Golo Kante to kick-start his rebuild 

According to the Daily Mirror, Ten Hag believes French World Cup winner Kante still has the ability, experience and hunger to help drive his rebuild next season.

The 31-year-old French World Cup winner has one year left on his Stamford Bridge contract and Ten Hag believes he could be made available if Thomas Tuchel is handed a sizeable transfer budget by new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly.

Ten Hag called a vital planning meeting in Amsterdam on Thursday as his Old Trafford reign gets underway.

After watching Ajax crowned Eredivise champions on Wednesday night, Ten Hag has wasted no time in planning for next season with United. 

The Dutch coach led a strategy meeting – that included his long-term assistant Mitchell van der Gaag and a member of staff from United’s recruitment team – understood to be football director John Murtough. 

It is understood that potential transfer targets were discussed at the meeting, with Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong – who worked with Ten Hag at Ajax – believed to be one of the players on United’s radar. 

The 52-year-old's appointment as United manager was confirmed by the club last month
The Dutchman (above) is expected to oversee an overhaul of the squad at Old Trafford

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