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Manchester United discover Erik ten Hag’s release clause fee

Erik ten Hag has a release clause of just £1.7million in his contract with Ajax.

Manchester United interviewed Ten Hag about the possibility of becoming their next permanent manager last week and the Manchester Evening News reported last month that the Dutchman was United’s preferred candidate.

Ten Hag, 52, is out of contract at Ajax next year and was not expected to demand significant compensation and it appeared he could cost United just £1.7million.

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In an interview this week, Ten Hag said United were a “big club with big fans”. “Everyone knows each other in the industry,” Ten Hag told Sport1. “There are always discussions with representatives of other clubs, it’s normal.

“Manchester United are a big club with big fans. But I can only repeat myself: I am fully focused on Ajax. We are already planning the new season.”

Ajax are two points clear of PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie with six games remaining and will face PSV in the Dutch Cup final.

United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick has indicated the club have interviewed more than one managerial candidate, which would be Mauricio Pochettino, but Ten Hag is now the favourite.

“I know they’ve talked to some people, but so far we haven’t talked about the experience and the impressions they had from those meetings,” Rangnick said.

“It’s not a problem for me. For me it’s important to focus on the next games.”