Feyenoord star Tyrrell Malacia has already suggested he would be open to taking the “next step” in his career this summer amid ongoing transfer links with Manchester United and other potential applicants.
United boss Eric Ten Hag wants to sign Ajax centre-back Jorian Timber as part of rebuilding the club’s squad. However, if he fails in this endeavor, the Dutchman will have to look at other defensive goals.
Malacia is more famous for being a full-back than a centre-back, but the 22-year-old has emerged on the international scene with the Netherlands and has made five senior caps. He could be available for £15m, with Lyon reportedly making a £12m bid.
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Ten Hag knows the player well since his days in the Eredivisie. Malacia has played 136 games for Feyenoord since making his way through their academy system, and with two years remaining on his contract, he could be offered at a reasonable price this summer.
Speaking about his future during an interview with RTV, the defender said, “I’m definitely ready for the next steps. But first I want to focus on Orange.” [Netherlands] Squad and play here.
“I feel like everything happens for a reason and everything is written. If the time is right, then it is the right time.
“I don’t really think about it, it’s in the back of my mind. But I don’t want to comment on it.”
In addition to registering their interest in Timber this summer, United have set their sights on Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong, Christian Eriksen and Antony. Meanwhile, with Dean Henderson close to a loan move to Nottingham Forest, the club is also in the market for a reserve goalkeeper like Daniel Bachmann.
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