Man United ‘pay attention’ to Matthijs de Ligt situation

Man United remain on alert in regards to potentially signing centre-back, Matthijs de Ligt.

With Manchester United struggling in the defensive third of the field last term, it makes sense to see our Red Devils linked with a whole host of centre-halves.

Lisandro Martinez appears to be atop that list right now, with the Argentine recently linked with an Erik ten Hag reunion.

Well over the last 24 hours, another former player of Ten Hag is being tentatively linked with an Old Trafford move this summer.

The story comes from Calciomercato journalist, Matteo Moretto. According to his sources, the Juventus centre-back is no longer in talks with the Serie A club about a renewal.

Moretto also adds that De Ligt ‘wants a new challenge’ and although Chelsea are currently in negotiations with the player, United are amongst those who ‘pay attention’ to the top-class 22-year-old’s situation. Bayern Munich and Manchester City are also credited with interest.

My immediate thought is that De Ligt would be a sensational signing if United could somehow pull it off. However, our chances of acquiring the Dutchman feel pretty slim.

Chelsea already seem to have the jump on United in pursuit of De Ligt, while all the other clubs who are credited with an interest have Champions League football on the table. United don’t.

Then there’s the small matter of the transfer fe. Juventus want a deal approaching £86m (€100m) to let their star centre-back go. Should United really be spending such a large chunk of their transfer budget on one player when there are many holes to fill in this squad? Probably not.

Although this would be a stunning piece of business, I just don’t see it happening.

Do you think a Man United move for Matthijs de Ligt makes sense? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

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