Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag wants to strengthen Manchester United’s left-back position this summer after signing Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona.
Ten Hag isn’t impressed with Manchester United’s options at left-back – Luke Shaw and Alex Telles – and has already identified the ideal signing for Manchester United.
According to The Mirror, Ten Hag wants to sign Tyrell Malacia – the Feyenoord defender described as a “pitbull” by fans in Holland.
Ten Hag tried to sign the 22 year old left-back as Ajax boss last summer but a move for the Feyenoord left-back failed to materialise.
Ten Hag believes he can finally sign the 22 year old left-back now he’s Manchester United manager.
Malacia is comfortable on the ball, possesses blistering pace – and has a tackle so tenacious that he has become a cult hero at the club he joined as a nine-year-old schoolboy.
After he was appointed as Manchester United boss, Ten Hag asked Manchester United scouts to extensively watch the 22 year old left-back.
Tyrell Malacia fits the profile of the kind of hungry, young player that Ten Hag has been an expert in developing.
Malacia’s impressive performances for Feyenoord has seen him break into the Louis van Gaal’s Holland squad and he is set to go to the World Cup in Qatar next winter.
Ten Hag will ask Manchester United to sell Alex Telles when a deal for Tyrell Malacia is completed.
Manchester United will be able to sign the 22 year old left-back from Feyenoord with a bid of just £20million.
Feyenoord are already preparing for Malacia’s potential departure to Manchester United and have already identified two potentials targets should Malacia leave for Manchester United.
Manchester United are yet to make an official offer for the left-back, while Voetball International reported earlier this month that Feyenoord rejected an insufficient offer from French club Lyon.
Ten Hag believes signing Tyrell Malacia will provide an injection of energy and tenacity into the left-back position which has been missing recently.
Tyrell Malacia has also been described as a “modern” fullback who is “very difficult to beat”, seemingly providing the best of both worlds in the position.
In the Eredivisie last season, Tyrell Malacia managed one goal and four assists in 30 appearances from left-back and also has five senior caps to his name with the Netherlands.