De Ligt Deal stalls: Man Utd’s Matthijs pursuit delayed

De Ligt Deal ‘Needs Patience’ Amid Bayern Munich’s Left-Back Plans

Manchester United are set to continue their pursuit of Juventus defender Matthijs De Ligt, but a move is far from imminent. According to journalist David Ornstein, patience is required as De Ligt is focused on Euro 2024.

Ornstein stated on The Athletic FC Podcast that United are working on De Ligt’s deal, but things are not as close as previously suggested. "As things stand, Manchester United are working on this De Ligt deal. I think some of the reports saying that a fee is close. My information is that’s not necessarily accurate." He added, "I don’t mean to sound any alarm, but as things stand, it is something Manchester United continue to work on. I don’t have any sense of it being imminent, about to be done and announced. Famous last words, this podcast comes out, and he’s holding up a United shirt. Well, he’s not, because he’s at the Euros, so we’ll be okay on that front, but I think a bit of patience is required on this."

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich’s plans for De Ligt hinge on their left-back situation, with the Bundesliga giants eyeing reinforcements in defence. Despite holding talks with United over De Ligt, Bayern’s priorities seem to be elsewhere, and negotiations are ongoing.

Manchester United’s Left-Back ‘Issue’

Man United are considering signing a new left-back as Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth suggests the Red Devils ‘have to look’ at an issue over Tyrell Malacia’s second year at the club. Both Luke Shaw and Malacia have been injury-prone, with only 15 appearances between them in the Premier League last season.

The potential signing of a new left-back has been touted as a possible fresh start for United’s ageing defence. Additionally, the Premier League giants will be looking to strengthen their backline to improve their negative goal difference from last season.

Key Takeaways

  • Manchester United’s deal for Matthijs De Ligt is far from being sealed, with patience required as the Dutch international focuses on Euro 2024.
  • Bayern Munich’s plans for De Ligt are tied to their left-back situation, with the Bundesliga giants searching for reinforcements in defence.
  • Man United are considering signing a new left-back amid concerns over Tyrell Malacia’s second year at the club, with Luke Shaw also plagued by injuries.

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