Manchester United confident of signing Matthijs de Ligt

Manchester United are growing confident about signing Matthijs de Ligt, and talks are ongoing on the fee and structure of the deal. 

According to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United is increasingly confident in securing Matthijs de Ligt’s signature. The 24-year-old defender reportedly prioritises a move to Old Trafford and is close to agreeing on personal terms as clun-to-club talks are underway to finalise the structure of the deal. 

Manchester United closing in on Matthijs de Ligt

The Matthijs de Ligt saga might stretch for a few more days as Manchester United and Bayern have yet to reach an agreement on a final deal. The Red Devils are growing confident about securing the 24-year-old defender in the coming period, as things might be held up over his participation in the Euros. 

De Ligt has already approved a move to Old Trafford and wants to join the club over other suitors. His Bayern days are numbered, as he does not want to continue here, having already instructed his agent to find a new club in the summer. 

De Ligt lost his place with the arrival of Eric Dier in January, and Bayern is ready to cash in. Manchester United has already opened formal talks with Bayern to figure out a deal, and as per Fabrizio Romano, they are discussing the structure of the deal as the Red Devils are keen on offering a part of the fee in add-ons. 

Bayern Munich invested around €67 million to sign De Ligt from Juventus and would want to recoup a major chunk of that money. Whether Manchester United are willing to pay a hefty fee to secure a player that Ten Hag wants remains to be seen.

Erik ten Hag is keen on De Ligt

De Ligt seems increasingly like a choice Erik ten Hag has made, as there’s a considerable void to fill after Raphael Varane’s departure. Reports state the defender rejected overtures from PSG and Liverpool in favour of a reunion with his former Ajax manager. 

Reports stated that De Ligt has broad agreement on personal terms, although Romano states that it is yet to be finalised on paper. Then again, it’s a tricky situation for Manchester United, given the 24-year-old defender is still with the Dutch camp at the Euros. They have reached the semifinals, and the Netherlands will take on England next. 

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