’40M Is A Steal’ ‘Get It Done’ Fans Excited As Journalist Says United Have Entered “Formal Talks” With Club

Manchester United have started “formal talks” with Bayern Munich about signing Matthijs de Ligt, according to journalist Ben Jacobs.

The former CBS Sports reporter says that “initial discussions” have centred around the fee, with the Red Devils hoping to do a deal for €40m (£34m).

Fans on X believe de Ligt would be a bargain at that price, and they are keenly anticipating their club sealing his signature:

Why have United decided to pursue de Ligt?

Earlier in the summer, it was reported that the centre-half was quite a way down the club’s list of options but circumstances have forced them into changing targets.

It is believed that the Red Devils were quite advanced in talks to recruit Jean-Clair Todibo from Nice but the deal was scuppered by UEFA rules. Their attempts to sign Jarrad Branthwaite also failed as they refused to meet Everton’s £70m valuation.

Bayern may hold out for a higher fee

There have been conflicting stories about de Ligt’s asking price. Some in the German media have suggested that Bayern want as much as €70m (£59m), while others have claimed they will demand around €50m (£42m) plus bonuses.

United may well have to up their initial proposal if they do want to have a bid accepted for the 24-year-old in short order.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.