Erik ten Hag hints at ‘financial criteria’ holding back Man United in transfer window after Cody Gakpo failure

Erik ten Hag hints at ‘financial criteria’ holding back Man United in transfer window after Cody Gakpo failure

Erik ten Hag has suggested Manchester United are not able to splash the cash in the January transfer window after missing out on Cody Gakpo.

Liverpool have won the race to sign the Dutch forward from PSV Eindhoven for £45million, leaving United without a key target after they held summer talks with Gakpo and subsequently lost Cristiano Ronaldo.

Reports have claimed United will focus on loan signings in January and Ten Hag said on Friday that the finances must be right on any deal.

“I think we have a squad,” he told reporters.

“We have the players who are matching our criteria. But with all the games that are coming, it is tough competition in all the leagues.

“But you want to also be in all the leagues and keep playing in all the leagues by winning games and cups as well. So, you need players, you need numbers to cover.

“So, we need good players. Not only numbers, you need quality players to cover that and also that you need competition. And you need also that you can make tactical choices.

“So, we are looking for the right player for our squad and has to match our sporting criteria but also our financial criteria.”