Manchester United and Arsenal are reportedly in a race to sign 24-year-old Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt during the summer transfer window. According to reports, both clubs have shown interest in the player, with Manchester United currently leading the pack.
Manchester United is already negotiating with De Ligt's representatives. The club is looking for an upgrade on players like Harry Maguire and believes that De Ligt could be a superb addition. However, it remains uncertain whether they will be able to finalize a deal by the end of the season.
Erik ten Hag’s influence can work for United’s dream
De Ligt has previously worked under Erik ten Hag at Ajax, making a reunion at Manchester an attractive proposition for all parties involved. His proven quality in Bundesliga suggests he has what it takes to succeed in Premier League as well.
Regarded as one of the best young defenders during his time at Ajax, De Ligt possesses all necessary attributes to develop into a world-class player. His potential acquisition could help Manchester United defence and compete more effectively for major trophies.
Arsenal already have some solid names in defence
On the other hand, Arsenal squad already boasts several quality central defenders such as Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Jurrien Timber and William Saliba who have been instrumental for them so far. Given this depth in their central defensive unit, it would be surprising if they decided to move for De Ligt without offloading someone first.
Both Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in signing Matthijs de Ligt; however current negotiations suggest that Manchester United is leading this race. A reunion with former coach Erik ten Hag makes this move attractive while his proven skills and potential growth into world-class status make him beneficial for either team.
It would be surprising if Arsenal made a move without first selling one of their current defenders due to their existing depth. This summer transfer window promises to be an exciting one as both clubs vie for the signature of this promising defender; only time will tell where Matthijs de Ligt will end up.