Manchester United are “waiting” for Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia to approve a move to Old Trafford after the Dutch club confirmed a fee had been agreed.
United have fast-tracked their interest in Malacia in a bid to beat out Lyon in a deal in the region of £13m.
Feyenoord manager Frank Arnesen confirmed United’s late attempt to surprise Lyon with the signing of the Dutch international, telling 1908NL: “The deal with Man United is there. Now we are waiting for Tyrell.
“If Malacia says yes, then the move to Manchester United is imminent.”
Erik ten Hag had scouted the 22-year-old extensively as Ajax’s head coach, appreciating his speed, positional awareness, high interception rate and ability to attack space.
Malacia fits the player profile that the Dutchman wants at Old Trafford and shares an agency -HCM Sports Management- with Frenkie de Jong; main goal of the club this summer. The same agency also represents Donny van de Beek and Victor Lindelof.
Talks are progressing well around an initial £56m deal for the Barcelona midfielder, which has seen United move on to other players on a shortlist for his rebuild.
United have returned to pre-season training this week, with Ten Hag leading his first session with the club’s players.
Analysis: Malacia can change United’s form of attack
Sky Sports News reporter Anton Toloui:
“This one is interesting, the left-back is where Man United are stacked well. There’s not necessarily a more desperate need for them.
“One person I talk to says he’s the best left-back in the Eredivisie. Malacia is quick, quick and loves to go forward. You see a lot of flashy recovery tackles that look great but I also worry when a defender has to go back.
“He brings so much yardage, he’s eager to get involved in the game forward, which is what the Man United fans want to see. I can see why there is interest in United as such a dynamic player can change the way they attack.”
Man Utd close according to De Jong
Discussions continue over the finer details of a de Jong deal and there is still work to be done, but there appears to be increased confidence that a deal can be struck.
Personal terms are not expected to be an issue for the midfielder, who made 46 appearances for Barcelona last season and has four years remaining on his current contract at Camp Nou.
De Jong played under new United manager Erik ten Hag at Ajax and was part of the team that completed the Eredivisie and KNVB Cup double during the 2018/19 campaign, as well as reaching the Champions League semi-finals. Champions.
His possible arrival at Old Trafford is timely, as Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba have already left this summer, leaving the club with no options in the middle of the park.
How De Jong can help Ten Hag bring Ajax closer to Man Utd
If Man Utd are going to play the “dominant and dictatorial” football that Erik ten Hag wants, their midfield needs an upgrade. Frenkie de Jong could be a solution, writes Sky Sports’ Peter Smith.
The graceful midfielder does his best work from deep, overcoming challenges or slipping a pass through the lines to move his team up the field.
He rarely gives the ball away. He had a 91 per cent passing rate in La Liga last season and on top of that metric he also outshone McTominay and Fred in stats measuring dribbling success, touch quality and how often they are dispossessed.
De Jong may not be the only answer to United’s problems, but he would bring an upgrade to their central midfield department and unlock a way to play Ten Hag’s wishes.