Manchester United look set to get their summer spending underway as Erik ten Hag finally closes in on his first signing.
Fans have been left frustrated as rival clubs have already strengthened significantly while United have struggled to get deals over the line, with speculation running rife as usual liking the Red Devils to countless players.
But, they are now closing in on Ten Hag’s first signing as manager, having agreed a fee with Feyenoord for left-back Tyrell Malacia.
Hijacking a deal that was set to take Malacia to Lyon as per Fabrizio Romano, United pipped the French outfit’s transfer offer in a deal worth €15m in total, leaving Malacia with the choice of the two clubs.
It is expected that the 22-year-old will now sign for United, having informed Lyon of his decision, as an agreement on personal terms edges closer to finalise his move to Old Trafford.
Fans of the Red Devils finally have something to be excited about with Ten Hag finally being given one of his targets and improving one of several positions that needs a refresh, while a move for Frenkie de Jong is also believed to be nearing completion.
But while United’s pursuit of De Jong has essentially taken place in full in the public eye, their swift move for Malacia was one that was orchestrated quickly and in secret. And for such a fee, it’s a move that could prove to look a bargain in the coming years.
Certainly if you ask Ten Hag, anyway, who has shown in the past just how highly he regards the Netherlands full back.
Amid the news of the imminent transfer, footage has emerged online of when Ten Hag was first made aware of Malacia, when he was playing against Ajax for Feyenoord. In what was a rousing display, Ten Hag’s face lights up as he watches over the opposition left back.
It’s very telling footage, and clearly signals just how big of an admirer Ten Hag is of his likely incoming left back. In the clip, Ten Hag is discussing ‘that kid at left back’ sat on the touchline with his assistants, before referring to him as ‘amazing’.
His line after that is even better. The clip, which also shows off some Malacia highlights, has been shared on Twitter by @UtdMicah and received endless glowing reaction from United fans. You can watch it below.
WATCH: Erik ten Hag’s first ever reaction Tyrell Malacia is priceless
Erik Ten Hag talking about Tyrell Malacia in a match vs Ajax pic.twitter.com/Tt7CSmCk9K— MC (@UtdMicah) June 28, 2022
‘Take note of him!’ He barks to his assistant Michael Reiziger, who frantically starts scribbling down notes, which we can only believe involves Malacia. This one must feel great to watch as a United fan.
Finally, a manager in with an identity and a style of play, who is delivering on the young, exciting targets he has been scouting for an extended period of time.
Ten Hag has been keen to express his fondness of Malacia since, too, stating last year (via the Manchester Evening News) that he believes he is a ‘good player’ amid speculation of an approach from Ajax.
If and when he joins United, best believe that Malacia will have an admirer straight away in the form of his new head coach.