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Man Utd ‘in shock Matthijs de Ligt transfer swoop’ with Juventus defender eyed to partner Harry Maguire next season

MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly set to make a summer move for Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.

The Red Devils were keen on signing the centre-back before his £67.5million move from Ajax in July 2019.

Manchester United have reportedly renewed their interest in Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt
Manchester United were interested in signing Matthijs de Ligt when he was at Ajax

And according to reports, they’re set to renew their interest in the 21-year-old in the summer.

Spanish outlet Todofichajes claim the Old Trafford club have made signing the centre-half their ‘top priority’.

It’s said the United brass have opted to pursue De Ligt’s signature after deciding against moves for Real Madrid duo Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.

United’s long-term pursuit of the Netherlands international could be aided by Juventus‘ need to balance their books.

Like many clubs across the globe, the Italian champions have suffered massive financial losses during the coronavirus pandemic.

And offloading their coveted centre-back could be one way for them to begin offsetting their losses.

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De Ligt has made 60 appearances for the Old Lady since his move from Amsterdam.

The youngster has been further learning his trade alongside veteran centre-backs Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.

De Ligt is thoroughly enjoying life in Turin and learning from the veteran defenders.

He told The Telegraph: “I’m where I want to be and where I can learn as much as possible.

Matthijs de Ligt joined Juventus in the summer of 2019 and has made 60 appearances for the Old Lady

Matthijs de Light is enjoying learning from the likes of Leonardo Bonucci

“There are experienced guys – [Giorgio] Chiellini, Bonucci – but also a goalkeeper like Buffon and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“We all have our different characteristics and I do not try and copy them but I look at Ronaldo and see what he does, how he stays fit all the time.

“I ask for tips, for advice. What I have also learnt is that I need to do things that are good for me. In the end you find your own rhythm.”

De Ligt and his Juve team-mates will be back in action this evening, welcoming Portuguese giants Porto to the Allianz Stadium for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

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