Erik ten Hag took charge of his first training session as Manchester United manager without the arrival of any new signing. However, the start of pre-season training on Monday seems to have push the club hierarchy into hurrying their transfer activity.
By the end of the week, the Red Devils have agreed a deal worth up to €17 million with Feyenoord for Tyrell Malacia’s transfer. Further, the left-back has agreed a four-year contract with the option for an additional fifth year.
Malacia is expected to undergo a medical over the weekend and formally become the first signing of the Ten Hag era.
The 22-year-old, who made his debut for the Netherlands last September, was close to joining Lyon. But United made a late bid and trumped the French outfit’s offer.
The Premier League side’s aggressive approach was largely motivated by Ten Hag’s admiration for Malacia. The Feyenoord talent has been on his radar since the Dutch tactician’s Ajax days.
Malacia has a good burst of speed and technique, and likes to make a high volume of runs into attacking areas. He is also equally adept at anticipating danger and covering defensive spaces when out of possession.
The Dutchman has all the potential to be a cover to – and eventual replacement for – Luke Shaw. However, his arrival is likely to spell the end of Alex Telles’ time at Old Trafford.