Ten Hag ready to embrace £77.4m star, he’d like to agree Man United move – Report

De Ligt and Van Dijk

Manchester United desperately need to strengthen their defense and reports in Italy are heavily linking them with Matthijs de Ligt.

Yesterday, Corriere dello Sport reported that the Dutch international has put in a transfer request and Juventus could sell him for a fee as high as 90 million euros (£77.4m).

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Today, the Italian media outlet (news image provided below) have covered another story and stated that Erik ten Hag, who mentored the youngster at Ajax, is ready to embrace him again at Old Trafford this summer.

The Red Devils wanted to sign De Ligt three years ago, but the 22-year-old opted to leave the Eredivisie giants for the Old Lady.

As per CdS, after the recent breakdown in renewal talks, it is difficult to imagine that the central defender will stay in Turin and his departure seems imminent.

Among the suitors, only Man United and Chelsea have the financial power to sign De Ligt, who’d like to move to Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge.

The news source have mentioned that the Netherlands international has a very close relationship with Ten Hag for multiple reasons. The 52-year-old coach joined Ajax in 2017, immediately handed the then-teenager a regular role in the team and the captain’s armband in March 2018.

Moreover, the Oranje star has gained a lot of tactical knowledge from the new Man United boss, who has requested the club to secure his signature.

United just kept 8 clean sheets in the Premier League and only 7 teams conceded more goals than the fallen giants last season. Surely, a top-quality defender must be signed. Will that be Matthijs de Ligt? Only time will tell.

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