Premier League: who is Tyrell Malacia Manchester United’s first recruit?

Tyrell Malacia has become an irreplaceable figure at Feyenoord’s left back position under Arne Slot. The Feyenoord academy dropout could be a good addition to patch up the fragile defense of Manchester United. (AFP/John Thys)

Manchester United (MU) is reportedly set to complete their first purchase this summer, namely Tyrell Malacia. Who is he to make Erik Ten Hag smitten?

MU’s movement for Malacia is fairly sudden. Initially, the Feyenoord player first glanced at Lyon. In fact, it is reported that Lyon have reached a verbal agreement for the transfer of Malacia.

Even so, before a written agreement was reached, MU entered the corner and made a bigger offer. The Red Devils made it a little easier because Malacia used the same agent as Frenkie de Jong.

Tyrell Malacia is a Dutch left back, only 22 years old. He has been trusted to start at Feyenoord and in the Dutch national team.

Malacia is left-footed, so he has a style of play that combs the left side of the field to send crosses into the penalty box. He is considered one of the best Dutch full-back candidates.

Malacia first debuted for Feyenoord in 2017, the Champions League duel against Napoli. So far he has made 136 appearances, scoring four goals.

He helped Feyenoord to the UEFA Conference League final last season. Malacia played 88 minutes, unfortunately Feyenoord lost to AS Roma.

The purchase of Malacia can be called as one of MU’s aggressive decisions. Initially, the name Malacia was not on the list of targets for the Red Devils this summer.

Even so, in the midst of negotiations for De Jong, MU saw a gap to recruit Malacia. Ten Hag had known him for a long time, so there was no reason to hesitate.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Lyon first reached a verbal agreement with Feyenoord for the transfer of Malacia. Lyon offered 12 million euros plus a bonus of 3 million euros.

MU saw the gap and tried to enter with a bigger offer. The Red Devils made an offer of 15 million euros plus a conditional bonus of 3 million euros.

Lyon welcomes MU’s interest, especially because the number offered is bigger. Now, MU just talk privately with Malacia.

Ten Hag is well acquainted with the young talent of Malacia as a 22-year-old left-back who has played brilliantly in the Eredivisie in recent years.

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