Manchester United are close to completing a move for Feyenoord defender Tyrell Malacia, with the Dutchman set to fly to England on Sunday to become Erik ten Hag’s first signing at Old Trafford.
It’s been a frustrating start to the transfer window for United, who have watched a number of their rivals join their squad in recent weeks.
However, the Red Devils are close to finally getting a deal across the line as Malacia is expected to go through the first part of his medical treatment on Sunday afternoon.
He will then complete the final stages of his medical on Monday morning, with an announcement of his arrival likely to come shortly thereafter.
United had to work hard to sign Malacia as the 22-year-old was expecting a move to Lyon.
The Ligue 1 club had agreed a deal for the full-back with Feyenoord before United looked at his offer.
Malacia is now heading for the Manchester red side and will challenge England international Luke Shaw for his starting place at left-back.
Despite his young age, he has already made 136 professional appearances for Feyenoord and helped the Eredivisie side reach the Europa Conference League final last season.
United hope the addition of Malacia can boost their summer spending as they look to recover from a dismal 2021-22 season.
Former caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick claimed after the team’s 4-0 defeat by Liverpool in April that the club could sign up to 10 players ahead of next season.
So far, however, it has only been about players leaving Old Trafford, with Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Jesse Lingard all leaving after their contracts expired last month.
It also emerged on Saturday that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave the club again and has told his employers to allow him to continue if they receive an offer from a potential suitor.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner only returned to United last August but has been unhappy for several months due to the team’s poor form and regular managerial changes.
He is keen to compete for major honors in the final years of his career and thinks that is unlikely if he stays at United.
His agent Jorge Mendes has spoken to Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Napoli about Ronaldo’s situation in recent weeks.
With Ronaldo’s future uncertain, it hasn’t been an ideal start to ten Hag’s tenure, but with the arrival of Malacia he could now be optimistic he can reshape United’s squad to his liking this summer.