Matthijs de Ligt to Manchester United has been a saga which, in a matter of a few days, has enveloped the news cycle entirely.
The Dutchman was reported to have outright refused to move to Manchester United even before they had failed to qualify for the Champions League. His alleged reasons had been that United were no longer a top side and wouldn’t help him to become the best defender in Europe.
Further, since then it has seemed obvious that only Champions League football would be entertained by the 19-year-old and it certainly appeared that United’s Europa League offer was laughable considering the other clubs involved.
Reports had then claimed that Barcelona’s attempt to sign de Ligt, believed to be in its final stages, hit a brick wall when the club outright refused to pay agent Mino Raiola’s alleged £12 million agent fees for brokering the deal.
This put United back into the race and the most recent report from the Mirror has the Red Devils poised to financially outmuscle the Catalan giants.
The claim pegs United’s transfer fee alone to be in excess £70 million. The more shocking detail, however, is that Raiola has apparently requested de Ligt’s weekly wages to be in the range of £350,000-a-week and also expects a sizable fixer’s fee for himself. United may be in the financial position to accept this offer.
There appears no way that Barcelona could match this deal. However, the Camp Nou certainly has everything that the teenager desires professionally. It may be that all of this is a clever attempt on part of Raiola to try and milk the best possible offer out of Spain.
The report also claims that de Ligt’s Ajax teammate and former Red Devil Daley Blind has also advised him to move to Old Trafford. This is in addition to multiple reports pegging the Edwin Van Der Sar factor to favor Manchester United.