Manchester United are progressing quickly in finalising a deal for Feyenoord’s full-back Tyrell Malacia.
That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who had the following to say on Twitter: “Tyrell Malacia agents are in direct contact with Manchester United to discuss personal terms. Proposal has been sent, after today’s exclusive update on OL [Lyon] deal hijacked.”
He went on to note the fee, stating that there is “Key hours ahead after full agreement between Man Utd and Feyenoord for €15m plus €2m add ons.”
Manchester United’s search for a new left-back could be over, as Erik ten Hag appears to be closing in on his compatriot.
This could spell danger for the underperforming duo of Luke Shaw and Alex Telles, as the Netherlands international has enjoyed a fine personal season.
He boasts an average SofaScore rating of 7.09, which comfortably beats the 6.88 for Shaw and 6.98 for Telles. This consistent high-performance level and added reliability could be the reason for Ten Hag wanting to revamp this terrible United squad.
Statistically, this is the worst Red Devils outfit of all time, and these two full-backs played their part in equal measure as neither seemed to be able to nail down the starting spot.
It is therefore unsurprising that the 22-year-old who offered five goal contributions in a third-placed Feyenoord side is so desired at Old Trafford.
To combine this input into one solid performer, and hopefully recoup a fee on either one of these duds could be in the minds of the United hierarchy.
Earlier this summer, when Ten Hag had played down talks of a move for the defender whilst at Ajax. In a press conference, he stated “We do think he is a good player, yes”, showing how he has held an interest for some time now.
Having disappointed for so long, the new boss will want to gut this terrible squad and add some reliability in players he trusts, rather than the ones that have let down so many managers before him.
This action marks a change in transfer strategy, that does not discriminate and only wants the best to be playing at Old Trafford. Surely this should excite supporters.