Manchester United have suffered a major setback in Matthijs De Ligt transfer pursuit as journalist Duncan Castles says it won’t be happening.
The Ajax skipper is a much sought after commodity in the transfer market putting in multiple stellar performances in the team’s run to UEFA Champions League semifinals.
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The Red Devils who are in a desperate need of a quality centre half were earlier believed to be ready to take on Manchester City and Barcelona for the signature of the 19-year-old.
However, Castles believes that the United hierarchy has given up hopes of bringing De Ligt to Old Trafford and have advised people to ‘disregard whatever they read in the press’ about the same.
“We know Manchester United made a huge financial offer to De Ligt and [his agent Mino] Raiola to come there and they made a big effort to persuade the player to dump his verbal agreement with Barcelona and tried hard on that deal,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.
“But what Manchester United are telling people who are discussing the centre-back position with them is that De Ligt will not be coming to the club, to disregard what they have seen in the press because the deal is not going to happen.
“They are looking to add one centre-back. They’ve now shifted their stance in that earlier in the summer their idea was to stick with the players they had, and we’re talking before the season ended, that [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer was happy with his centre-backs and if they added one it would be a young, developing centre-back who would come in as a backup to the current group and would hopefully develop into a starter.
“They now recognise they need a more experienced individual. Not necessarily someone in his late 20s or 30s, but not that category of a development centre-back – someone who would actually play. De Ligt is, according to them, not going to happen.”