Man Utd to hand Erik ten Hag £70m January transfer warchest which will increase to £100m-plus if Cristiano Ronaldo quits

    ERIK TEN HAG is set to be given at least a £70m Manchester United transfer warchest to spend in January – but could be more if Cristiano Ronaldo goes.

    The United boss forked out more than £215m over the summer, bringing in Brazilian star Antony in a mega £85m move from Ajax.

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    He also splashed out nearly £70m on Casemiro from Real Madrid and raided his old Dutch club for Lisandro Martinez in a £50m-plus swoop.

    And SunSport understands he will be backed again when the window opens, if he wants to improve his squad again.

    The Red Devils chief will be handed around £70m following the end of the World Cup in Qatar this winter.

    This will be increased to more than £100m if Ronaldo finally quits Old Trafford and his £450,000-a-week wages are off the books.

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    The Portuguese superstar is still looking to leave the club, and wants to return to the Champions League if he can.

    United were demanding at least £20m for the 37-year-old in the summer, but he couldn’t find a suiter to leave for.

    Ten Hag missed out on a number of long-term targets over the summer, most notably Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona.

    The Dutch midfielder is still high on his wishlist, and a move in January hasn’t been ruled out with the Spanish giants finances still an issue.

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    It is understood the United boss has already held initial talks over their next transfer plans, and will be backed by the Glazer owners.

    He could be handed even more if the right player comes up for a cheap price that will improve the squad.

    Ten Hag wants at least another three first-team players before he believes the club are ready to compete at the top level again.

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    The Dutchman is adamant he can get them back to their trophy-laden glory years and compete with rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

    United will also be sending scouts to the World Cup to keep an eye on targets and their own players at the tournament.

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