Man Utd reach €17m agreement to sign left-back

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Feyenoord over left-back Tyrell Malacia, according to reports.

Earlier on Tuesday, journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano revealed that United were trying to hijack Olympique Lyon’s deal to sign the 22-year-old.

In a quickly accelerating story, it’s now being reported that an agreement has been struck between United and Feyenoord, with the deal setting United back €17m in total.

That’s according to The Athletic, who say that United will pay an initial €15m for the Dutch international, with an additional €2m in add-ons. A sell-on clause is also reportedly agreed.

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It’s believed that Lyon, the French giants, were also in talks with Feyenoord and were progressing in talks with Feyenoord before United trumped them with a higher offer at the last minute.

Feyenoord director Frank Arnesen has also confirmed that Malacia will join United if he gives the green light: “If Malacia says yes, then a transfer to Manchester United is imminent,” he told 1908NL, via The Athletic.

As per the report, personal terms have not yet been agreed with Malacia and that will need to be completed before a transfer can be finalised.

SN’s verdict…
With Erik ten Hag’s first pre-season at United already underway, fans were growing increasingly frustrated over the lack of movement in the transfer market. De Jong was expected to become the first arrival but now, it appears that Malacia could join to reinforce the backline.

Ten Hag knows the defender well from his time in the Dutch league and he will hope that a deal is finalised before United leave for Thailand on July 8.

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