New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is keen to bring in Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer.
According to journalist Oriol Domenech, relayed by Express, Matthijs de Ligt has become a new transfer target at Manchester United. It appears the club’s new manager, Erik ten Tag, is keen for the board to tackle the Juventus centre-back this summer as they consider a potential reunion at Old Trafford next season.
De Ligt had made his professional breakthrough under ten Hag. The young defender took crucial baby steps and provided his ball-winning abilities at Ajax to eventually become arguably the most talented young centre-back in world football and earn a big-money transfer to Juventus in 2019.
During his time at Juve, the defender racked up 115 competitive appearances. He became a backline kingpin for the club alongside Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, although the Dutchman did not enjoy the success expected as Juventus underperformed in Serie A and the Champions League at the over the past two seasons.
Juventus recently lost the Coppa Italia final to Inter Milan which means Massimiliano Allegri’s men will have to endure a trophyless campaign. And even though Champions League football has been secured, the club may not be able to hold on to their defensive edge in Matthijs de Ligt.
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Already a transfer target for Barcelona and Chelsea, many expect the former Ajax starlet to end his spell at Juventus next summer in favor of a new challenge. This could come in the form of a move to Old Trafford, with Manchester United joining the race to sign the centre-back. Considering the player’s relationship with ten Hag, the youngster could be tempted to join the Premier League club next season.
The 22-year-old could be an ideal defensive partner for Raphael Varane, adding more depth and quality to Manchester United’s back line. It could further help the Red Devils offload unwanted stars such as Eric Bailly and Phil Jones, with the former already linked with a move to Newcastle United.
Luring de Ligt from Juventus, however, could be a tricky task. Despite his relationship with ten Hag, the Dutchman is unlikely to find the prospect of playing any Champions League football appealing when he also faces significant competition from Maguire and Victor Lindelof for a place in the XI. departure.
A move to Chelsea, in this respect, could make a lot more sense, with the Blues seeing him as Antonio Rudiger’s direct replacement. Having also rid themselves of their ownership issues, the European champions could consider splashing the cash on a star player like de Ligt as the new owners look to flex their financial muscles.