As far as sagas go, the one revolving around Matthijs de Ligt has given supporters of the great game a lot to read about early on in the summer window.
The 19-year-old was expected to have joined Barcelona weeks ago but alleged issues regarding the fees to be paid to his agent Mino Raiola appeared to have stalled that approach.
Since then, reports have been rife about Manchester United trying their best to secure his signature. Now, there is a fresh update regarding the potential destination of the centre-back.
As per Mundo Deportivo, de Ligt has four ‘important offers’ from Barcelona, Juventus, PSG, and Manchester United respectively. Of these, it is United who are touted to be trying the hardest, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer determined to spend big this window.
The report claims that United have been humiliated after all of their top six opponents achieved some form of silverware or top spot or the other this season while their time, both domestically and in Europe, has been an expedition in search of frustration.
The defensive problems plaguing them would see a massive relief if the Ajax teenager is secured and it is easy to see why the Old Trafford outfit may be going all in for de Ligt.
The player himself put an extension on his future destination. He is currently with the Dutch squad in the UEFA Nations League, The outcome of their semi-finals clash with England on June 6 will not change the duration of this saga as irrespective of whether Netherlands play in the finals or the losers-final, there is expected to be definitive word on his future by June 9.
As of such, this last-minute attempt from Manchester United will be crucial going into this week. The stakes haven’t changed, however. United can still only offer Europa League football and a financially better deal while the other three clubs have the Champions League magnet on their side.