While money flows around in plenty during the transfer window, it is perhaps ‘hope’ that functions as the bigger currency during these times.
Manchester United’s pursuit of a world-class centre-back has been nothing short of a hero’s arc so far this window, pending redemption of course.
After a series of high-profile pursuits, the Red Devils are presently most linked with Harry Maguire with Leicester City allegedly refusing an initial bid from the Red Devils last season.
However, in the midst of this saga, there is a blast from the past that may just give supporters of the Mancunian giants a little more hope.
Manchester United have agreed to a fee for Matthijs de Ligt with Ajax. This is according to French journalist Julien Laurens who spoke to ESPN, with regard to the 19-year-old’s future.
His comments are as follows: “There’s a chance where Ajax will lose a little bit of patience and say ‘hang on a minute, PSG agreed, United agreed. In that case we stop talking to Juventus and De Ligt can choose between the clubs that we actually have an agreement in place’.”
While Barcelona and Manchester United were the big clubs to initially pursue the Dutch defender, it was Juventus who had recently emerged as the bigger pursuers for his signature.
Most claims indicated that the Italian giants had given de Ligt the offer that he wished for. However, the problem appears to be in the transfer fee that the Serie A giants are putting up, which is deemed to be too low.
The alleged £75 million plus pricetag is not being met in full by Juventus, whole Manchester United and PSG allegedly had deals in place for transfer fees that well eclipsed this figure.
However, it is important to note that the entire saga so far has shown the power to be within the representatives of de Ligt. The player was initially averse to joining United. As of such, it is a bit intriguing as to how Ajax can shift the dynamics in the favor of the Premier League side.