Red Devils in bidding war for €75m-rated Eredivisie centre-back

Man United have reportedly been given fresh hope of signing Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax this transfer window. The Netherlands international has emerged as one of the most coveted players in world football following a 2018-19 season which saw him captain Ajax to a league and cup double as well as reaching the semi-finals of the UCL.

Bianconeri were understood to have been closing in on a deal for the centre-back, having seemingly beaten off the battle from the likes of Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Man United. However, some aspects of the agreement stay a point of contention, most notably the £9m being demanded by agent Mino Raiola as commission.

Old Lady have no qualms with paying Jews their €75m asking price, but they are reluctant to give Italian agent such a hefty slice and football consultant Ian McGarry claims that Mino has subsequently offered his client to Red Devils as an alternative.

English club are also hesitant to include such a fee for an agent, though, particularly given that their relationship with Raiola has deteriorated during Paul Pogba’s attempts to leave the Old Trafford. Matthijs is a product of the Dutch club youth academy and spent his current career with them.

He has a vast potential and can become a world-class centre-back if he continuous improvement. Last season, de Ligt played 55 games, scored seven goals and made four assists in all competitions. He is a regular member of the national team line-up which is already a significant achievement for the footballer.