Manchester United in formal talks to sign Matthijs de Ligt

Manchester United are hoping to complete a deal for 24-year-old Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer.

Matthijs de Ligt has been linked with a move away from the Bundesliga, and a move to the Premier League is on the cards for him. According to Give Me Sport, Manchester United have now initiated formal talks to sign the Bayern Munich defender.

The defender is valued at €50 million, and Manchester United certainly have the finances to get the deal done. It will be interesting to see if they can secure an agreement with the Bundesliga giants for the Dutchman.

Agreeing on personal terms with the defender should not be a problem for Manchester United. They have the resources to offer him a lucrative contract, and the player is attracted to the idea of joining one of the biggest clubs in the world, even for a paycut.

The opportunity to play in the Premier League will be quite attractive for the Dutch international defender as well. In addition, he has worked with Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag in the past during the time together at Ajax and a reunion will be quite enticing for all parties.

The defender has been linked with other clubs as well, but it seems that a move to the Premier League is more likely. The 24-year-old will bring a winning mentality to Old Trafford, having won the Eredivisie, Serie A, and Bundesliga during his career so far.

Manchester United need someone like De Ligt

Manchester United desperately need defensive reinforcements. They conceded 58 goals in the league season and cannot hope to push for major trophies if they continue to leak goals at the back. They will have to tighten up defensively in order to compete with Manchester City and Arsenal. Signing a quality central defender should be a top priority for them, and the Dutchman certainly fits the profile.

He could be the ideal replacement for Raphael Varane, who has left the club as a free agent this summer. The 24-year-old Bundesliga winner will be expected to former quality partnership with Lisandro Martinez at the heart of the Manchester United defence next season. The €50 million fee might look like a premium right now, but de Ligt certainly has the potential to justify in the coming seasons.

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