Manchester United have taken “concrete steps” to sign Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt, according to Calciomercato.
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The Dutch international has been in the Turin books since 2019 after leaving Ajax with a deal worth £ 76.95m. At just 22, the central defender made 117 appearances for Juventus, winning three trophies.
Italian football expert Carlo Garganese described De Ligt as an “absolute monster”, and as the center-back enters the last two years of his contract, it looks like a summer outing may be expected.
The last one: talks held
Calciomercato shared an update on De Ligt on Tuesday afternoon.
They said both United and rivals Manchester City have taken “concrete steps with the player’s entourage” but have yet to make an official offer. Juventus would like at least 70 million euros (60 million pounds) to separate from the central defender.
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United priority the target is still Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who is close friends with De Ligt, especially during his time at Ajax.
A move for De Ligt could help United in their search for De Jong, and the signing of the duo could be Erik ten Hag’s masterstroke.
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He knows how to bring out the best in the pair, and with former Red Devils goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar comparing De Ligt to Cristiano Ronaldo in mentality and gym application, a move for the defender could be as important as any potential swoop for the club. his compatriot in midfield.
Considering United conceded 57 goals in 38 Premier League games last season, bolstering the defense is a must for Ten Hag this summer.