Manchester United’s pursuit of Matthijs de Ligt has been the talk of the town. It was rendered that the young Dutchman would join Barcelona after reports claimed that he had outright refused United’s offer.
That particular claim suggested that the 19-year-old Ajax captain didn’t view Old Trafford as an apt destination to become the best defender in the world.
However, the recent days have seemingly changed that saga significantly. Barcelona allegedly refused to pay Mino Raiola’s brokerage fee. Raiola is clearly not an agent to play around with and the teenager may have benefited from having such a personality represent him.
Now Marca claim that it is United who are closer to signing de Ligt than Barca. The source suggests that the centre-back has expressly told Raiola that he is willing to join the Red Devils as the offer they have put forth is ‘too good to turn down’.
The offer in question is quite impressive, if true. This new report pegs United’s transfer fee to be above £65million. More incredibly, the teenager is offered a weekly wage package worth £350,000. That would ensure that only Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez would earn more than the starlet.
The sheer enormity of that fee does raise some questions. However, United’s desperation has been obvious and de Ligt as a centre-back checks all of the club’s required boxes. His age, in particular, is a massive positive for Ed Woodward to invest in as it can be cashed out on down the years.
He is also a player who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be eager to take under his tutelage. However, shelling out this high a sum may cause some dressing room friction with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard also awaiting fresh contract extensions.
However, one shouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t the last report before official word on the saga.