The incredible reason Manchester United pulled out of De Ligt signing

Ruben Hill
May 12, 2019

Matthijs de Ligt and Harry Maguire are two names who wouldn't often be involved in the same discussion.

But when Bout reportedly alerted United to the fact that De Ligt's father was "significantly overweight", the decision was made to pass on signing the centre-half out of fear that he would also be susceptible to putting on weight as he got older, sparking fears that De Ligt would lose his pace, power and athleticism.

"He is clearly a player with a bright future ahead of him and is only nineteen years old". The Leicester City centre-back has been linked with several Premier League teams this summer, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Luke Shaw, United's newly-crowned Player of the Year, has nailed down his place at left-back but Solskjaer could look for a new right-back before next season.

Nope. Not if you're Jermaine Jenas.

De Ligt will likely fetch a fee of around £75m, a figure which would reflect the heroics of his exploits in Amsterdam this term but the Mirror report that United could have signed the Dutchman for a much smaller fee just one year ago.

De Ligt has always been linked with a move to Camp Nou and was expected to be snapped up by Barça at the same as his team mate Frenkie de Jong, who signed for the club back in January for 86 million euros ($96 million).

"I think he's a top player, De Ligt".

"If I were in charge of Manchester City, I would take Maguire over de Ligt. The only difference is the age".

With all due respect to Maguire, the 26-year-old cannot be compared with a player who can do little more to demonstrate his potential to become one of the all-time greats.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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