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Manchester United AGREE Deal To Sign Superstar Defender

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Manchester United have taken a huge step forward in their audacious bid to sign the man of the moment Matthijs De Ligt from Ajax this summer. It has been reported that the Red Devils hace agreed a deal with the newly-crowned Dutch champions, meaning they are now free to talk to the defender.

There will be a lot of competition for numerous players in the summer transfer market, but none more so than for De Ligt. The 19-year-old has led from the front as Ajax reached the Champions League semi final, which they lost to Tottenham in dramatic fashion, and he became just the fourth teenager to score at that stage of the competition.

Barcelona are favourites to sign him, despite reports suggesting they are offering the least money, while Juventus, who were also knocked out by Ajax, and Manchester City have been credited with an interest.

 

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Against all the odds, though, United may have grabbed the initiative in the chase for his signature. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to improve his defence and despite the lack of Champions League football at Old Trafford next season, he is making no concession on his targets this summer.

United will be preparing an offer to both De Ligt and his agent, Mino Raiola, who will have someone acting for him as he serves a three-month ban, but the club are used to dealing with him after securing a world record £89million deal for Paul Pogba three years ago.

While Pogba is being linked heavily with Real Madrid this summer, a deal for De Ligt would surely help persuade him to stay. It would be a huge statement of intent after a disastrous season last year, which has left the club in desperate need of a rebuild. Other targets this summer include Jadon Sancho and Benfica’s Joao Felix.

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But surely Barcelona and Juventus will come back fighting. It would be tough to see De Ligt moving away from the top of the top of the European game.

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