📢BREAKING NEWS : Manchester United has shifted its focus to Matthijs de Ligt over Jarrad Branthwaite for two main reasons


Manchester United Revive Interest in Matthijs de Ligt Amid Centre-Back Search

Manchester United have rekindled their pursuit of Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt, 90min understands, as the club seeks to sign two centre-backs this summer. United’s initial hesitation over De Ligt’s price tag has given way to a renewed interest, driven by the realization that a potential transfer may be more affordable than initially thought.

The Red Devils had previously explored alternative options, including Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo and Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite, believing these transfers would be more economical. However, UEFA’s ownership rules and Everton’s hefty valuation of Branthwaite have forced United to reassess their priorities. With Lille’s Leny Yoro likely bound for Real Madrid and Tosin Adarabioyo joining Chelsea, United have reignited their interest in De Ligt.

Formal talks are underway between United and Bayern, with the Premier League side prepared to offer a package similar to their previous bid for Branthwaite – £35m potentially rising to £43m with add-ons. This figure is expected to meet Bayern’s demands, with the German club willing to accept a loss on their initial investment. De Ligt’s high wages at Bayern would be accommodated within United’s pay structure, with the possibility of a pay cut for the 24-year-old.

United’s desire to sign two centre-backs stems from the departure of Raphael Varane, leaving Lisandro Martinez, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, and academy graduate Willy Kambwala as the only options available to manager Erik ten Hag. The addition of De Ligt and another centre-back would bolster United’s defensive ranks, providing much-needed depth and quality ahead of the new season.

  1. Familiarity: Manager Erik ten Hag has previously worked with De Ligt during their time together at Ajax, where the Dutch defender flourished under his leadership.
  2. Experience: At 24, De Ligt has amassed considerable experience in top-level European football, having played for Juventus and Bayern Munich, as well as the Netherlands national team.

While Branthwaite remains a promising young talent, United’s decision to pursue De Ligt suggests a preference for a more established, proven option to bolster their defense.

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