Lyon were in a driving seat at one stage to sign Feyenoord’s talented defender Tyrell Malacia, but a late move from Manchester United is set to force the Ligue 1 outfit to look elsewhere to fill their left-back position.
The French side, who are managed by former Ajax manager Peter Bosz, were close to signing Malacia in a deal worth €13m plus add-ons. But on Monday, the Red Devils found an agreement with the Dutch side to sign their prized asset for €17m including add-ons.
Feyenoord’s sporting director Frank Arnesen confirmed the agreement between the two sides, but cleared that United still have to convince Malacia to move to England.
As per French outlet L’Equipe, the Netherlands international has chosen United and has informed Lyon of his desire.
Erik ten Hag is understood to be a big admirer of Malacia, and pushed the club’s hierarchy to bring the pacey left-back to Old Trafford.
The 22-year-old fits the profile of the player the Dutch tactician wants to include in his United rebuild. His pace and positional awareness are going to present a solid challenge to Luke Shaw for the starting spot.
Now, John Murtough and his staff will turn their attentions to finding an agreement on personal terms with Frenkie de Jong, whose agents also represent Malacia.