What Matthijs de Ligt has said about Man Utd as shock swap transfer plan emerges
Manchester United are seriously thinking about a stunning swoop for Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer. The Red Devils were interested in the Dutchman last summer when he opted to move to Turin from Ajax.
De Ligt headed to the Serie A side for £67.5m but has not impressed as much as he would have liked this campaign.
There were lots of rumours as to why United opted against signing the centre-back last summer.
One theory was that they were concerned at his father’s weight and that the 20-year-old could go in the same direction.
“A lot has been said and written and it seemed that I made a decision overnight, but of course that wasn’t the case,” De Ligt told Voetbal International.
“It was very annoying that so much was speculated. I tried to shut myself off, although with all those social media that is never entirely possible.
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“I have been laughing at such messages for a long time, but it also makes you tired at some point.
“There was something every day. Suddenly even my father was too fat, which is why a club [United] would not want me.
“Then you think ‘Come on man…’. At some point it gets annoying.”
Barcelona were also interested in De Ligt but the defender talked about his decision to eventually join Juventus.
He told RTL4: “I am very excited about what could happen in the near future. I am also trying to stay calm, though.
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“I view this as a challenge — that is the most important thing.
“There are several options and I really want to pick the best one. Logically, one option is better than another.
“Life abroad could be difficult, but I am still an ordinary Dutch guy, I am no different to the others. Perhaps living abroad will be more intense for me.”
De Ligt has made 20 Serie A appearances for Juve this season before coronavirus halted football temporarily.
The Daily Star claim United are ready to offer Paul Pogba in a possible swap deal to secure the signing of the Dutchman.
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Both stars are represented by the outspoken super-agent Mino Raiola which could help any transfer get done.
The Red Devils want to recoup the £90million they paid Juve for Pogba.
The Serie A champions are interested in re-signing the World Cup winner but because of Financial Fair Play restrictions he would be unable to pay what United want.
A swap deal could work for them however.
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