De Jong quizzed on Man Utd transfer links
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Tyrell Malacia is reportedly being lined up to become Manchester United’s next signing after Frenkie de Jong. And that news has emerged just weeks after the Netherlands international hinted at a potential move to Old Trafford. If he joins, it could also spell trouble for the likes of Luke Shaw, Alex Telles and Brandon Williams.
Manchester United are keen to improve their squad this summer.
De Jong is their No 1 priority, with talks with Barcelona ongoing as the Red Devils look to land the 25-year-old for a reduced fee.
And the Daily Mail say that, once United are able to get a deal for the midfielder over the line, they’ll turn their attentions to prising Malacia away from Feyenoord.
The full-back impressed for the Eredivise side last year, playing a key role as they won the Dutch Cup at the expense of Erik ten Hag’s Ajax.
And, with that being the case, it’s no wonder United are interested in acquiring the player this summer.
What’s interesting, though, is that Malacia recently hinted he’d be ready to play at Old Trafford.
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While away on international duty, the 22-year-old was asked about interest from other teams – with United specifically mentioned.
And, with a big smile on his face, he said: “I am certainly ready for the next step.”
Malaria did say, however, that he’s not really thinking about his future at a time where United are looking to snap him up.
“But first I want to focus on the Orange squad and play here,” said the defender, who is hoping to feature for the Netherlands international at the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
“I feel like everything happens for a reason and everything is written.
“If it’s the right time, it’s the right time. I’m not really thinking about it, it’s in the back of my mind.
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“But I don’t want to comment on it.”
If United do move for Malacia, it will plunge the futures of Shaw, Telles and Williams into uncertain waters.
United paid £30million to land Shaw back in the summer transfer window of 2014, with the full-back arriving as a replacement for Patrice Evra.
But while he did well under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the England intentional has often struggled to be consistent in the time since.
Shaw will be hoping to get back to his best when Ten Hag takes charge, having regressed last term – like many other players at the club.
Yet the arrival of Malacia would pose a threat to his chances of getting in the team.
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It would also damage Telles’ hopes of nailing down a starting spot, too.
Signed from Porto two years ago, the Brazil international has failed to meet expectations since his arrival.
Even with Shaw injured, Telles didn’t cover himself in glory with his performances under Ralf Rangnick.
And it’ll be interesting to see what happens with the Samba star, who has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer.
Williams has returned to United after a loan spell at Norwich City.
Yet it’s unlikely he’ll be a starter under Ten Hag, meaning another temporary spell away from the club could be on the cards.
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Regarding United’s recruitment, meanwhile, Red Devils supremo Richard Arnold has confessed they’ve wasted too much money in recent years.
He said: “We spent a billion pounds on players. We have spent more than anyone in Europe. I’m not thrilled where we are. It doesn’t sit easy with me and I worry how we get this sorted for the future.
“What’s happened is we have [expletive] burned through cash. You can’t go to our training ground and say ‘show me where the £1billion is’ because we haven’t spent money well historically.
“I’m not here to defend (chairman) Joel (Glazer). He must speak for himself.
“But you have taken the time to come here and make your views known – and I respect that.
“We’ve blown through an enormous amount of money. For this summer, the money the manager and the director of football (John Murtough) wants is there.”
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