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Transfer News: Manchester United take ‘concrete steps’ to sign Matthijs de Ligt

Man United identify Matthijs de Ligt as a potential target. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
Man United identify Matthijs de Ligt as a potential target. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Transfer News: Manchester United rival Man City to sign Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt

According to the Italian publication Calciomercato.it, Manchester United will battle it out with Man City to sign Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt in the summer transfer window. His future is up in the air at this moment, with talks of a renewal stalling for the time being ahead of the next season.

Juve are looking to manage their wage structure and have now set a limit of €7.5million per season as the maximum allotted salary limit. De Ligt currently earns around €12million per season, so they are looking to reduce his earnings to the maximum limit, including bonuses, with the help of an extension.

The Bianconeri and the Dutchman have been engaged in renewal negotiations for quite some time. However, talks have slowed down recently, which has opened the doors for an exit due to the salary reduction. Both Manchester clubs are interested in signing him and have taken “concrete steps” with his agents regarding a potential move.

Transfer News: Manchester United rival Man City to sign Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
Matthijs de Ligt also has interest from Man City. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

De Ligt to reunite with Erik ten Hag?

The 22-year-old rose to make a name for himself under Erik ten Hag’s guidance during their time together at Ajax. That alone makes the centre-back an attractive prospect especially considering how we are looking to build a strong project under the manager.

The defence is one such area that we must strengthen at all costs looking at how the backline shipped in a whopping 57 goals in the previous Premier League season. While the entire fault was not down to just the defenders, some of them endured one of their worst ever campaigns in their careers.

As such, we need to reinforce our options with quality additions this summer, which makes de Ligt a solid reinforcement indeed. However, he would prove to be costly, with a minimum of €70million being touted as his current asking price.

Matthijs de Ligt's contract talks have stalled. (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)
Matthijs de Ligt’s contract talks have stalled. (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)

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The Serie A superstar still has two years left in his current contract, so Massimiliano Allegri’s side are given more leeways to demand such a huge price tag. Man United are yet to make an official proposal to the Italian side for his services, with the Citizens being on the same boat.

We have to wait and see whether de Ligt’s current valuation will fall under our wage budget or not in the coming weeks. Manchester City would undoubtedly pose a stern challenge due to the stature that they have created under Pep Guardiola.

However, one could say that we may gain an edge over them with ten Hag’s help but whether that will be the case or not remains to be seen.

Transfer News: Manchester United rival Man City to sign Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt

According to the Italian publication Calciomercato.it, Manchester United will battle it out with Man City to sign Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt in the summer transfer window. His future is up in the air at this moment, with talks of a renewal stalling for the time being ahead of the next season.

Juve are looking to manage their wage structure and have now set a limit of €7.5million per season as the maximum allotted salary limit. De Ligt currently earns around €12million per season, so they are looking to reduce his earnings to the maximum limit, including bonuses, with the help of an extension.

The Bianconeri and the Dutchman have been engaged in renewal negotiations for quite some time. However, talks have slowed down recently, which has opened the doors for an exit due to the salary reduction. Both Manchester clubs are interested in signing him and have taken “concrete steps” with his agents regarding a potential move.

Transfer News: Manchester United rival Man City to sign Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
Matthijs de Ligt also has interest from Man City. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

De Ligt to reunite with Erik ten Hag?

The 22-year-old rose to make a name for himself under Erik ten Hag’s guidance during their time together at Ajax. That alone makes the centre-back an attractive prospect especially considering how we are looking to build a strong project under the manager.

The defence is one such area that we must strengthen at all costs looking at how the backline shipped in a whopping 57 goals in the previous Premier League season. While the entire fault was not down to just the defenders, some of them endured one of their worst ever campaigns in their careers.

As such, we need to reinforce our options with quality additions this summer, which makes de Ligt a solid reinforcement indeed. However, he would prove to be costly, with a minimum of €70million being touted as his current asking price.

Matthijs de Ligt's contract talks have stalled. (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)
Matthijs de Ligt’s contract talks have stalled. (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)

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The Serie A superstar still has two years left in his current contract, so Massimiliano Allegri’s side are given more leeway to demand such a huge price tag. Man United are yet to make an official proposal to the Italian side for his services, with the Citizens being on the same boat.

We have to wait and see whether de Ligt’s current valuation will fall under our wage budget or not in the coming weeks. Manchester City would undoubtedly pose a stern challenge due to the stature that they have created under Pep Guardiola.

However, one could say that we may gain an edge over them with ten Hag’s help but whether that will be the case or not remains to be seen.

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