Erik ten Hag in talks to block Manuel Ugarte from taking dream Man United shirt number

Manuel Ugarte could be blocked from taking his preferred No.4 shirt at Manchester United if Erik ten Hag decides to keep Sofyan Amrabat.

United have received approval to sign Uruguay star Ugarte from both the player and Paris Saint-Germain. The interest in Ugarte comes amid uncertainty in the defensive-midfield position, with Casemiro seemingly past his prime and Ten Hag set for talks to weigh up whether Amrabat will be signed on a permanent deal this summer.

Amrabat spent last term on loan with the Red Devils, joining from Fiorentina for an initial £8.5million fee and a £21.5m option to make the move permanent. His first season in England produced mixed results with Ten Hag using him sparingly.

However, after a standout performance in the FA Cupfinal victory over rivals Manchester City, United have been considering offering him a permanent deal

Ten Hag, who is expected to sign a new multi-year contract to continue as United manager, will soon discuss the possibility of purchasing Amrabat with incoming sporting director Dan Ashworth, technical director Jason Wilcox and chief executive Omar Berrada.

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