Erik ten Hag ‘looks set to miss out on his first signing after Lyon bid £12m for left-back Tyrell’
Erik ten Hag ‘looks like he’s missing out on his first Man United signing as Lyon put in a £12million bid to get his hands on Newcastle target and Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia’
- Erik ten Hag threatens to lose to Feyenoord’s Dutch left back Tyrell Malacia
- Ligue 1 side Lyon ‘have £12million bid for Dutch international’
- Ten Hag still has to sign after arriving at Manchester United from Ajax
- United and Newcastle were seen as frontrunners before Lyon’s bid
- Malacia is a player Ten Hag had identified as a key signing before joining United
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag seems to be missing the signature of Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia after a surprising offer from Lyon.
The Ligue 1 side submitted a £12million bid for the Netherlands international and stole a march to United and their Premier League rivals Newcastle, who were thought to be the two leaders in the race for Malacia.
The 22-year-old was on a list of goals Ten Hag submitted to United after agreeing to switch from Ajax, but it seems their focus on signing Frenkie de Jong has left them behind in the race to his compatriot.
Erik ten Hag had identified Feyenoord’s Tyrell Malacia as a prime target before switching from Ajax
Malacia registered five assists last season
Feyenoord had expected the Red Devils and Newcastle to start a bidding war with their sizeable war chests on the line, but Lyon beat them to the first blow by bidding.
However, despite a £12m gambit, they are still below the Dutch side’s £15m valuation for the marauding left-back, leaving Lyon open to counter bids from Premier League clubs.
Malacia was part of the Feyenoord team that reached the final of the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League and played 50 times last season under former Ajax boss Peter Bosz.
Malacia’s attacking style, who has been described as a “pit bull” in his home country, would be a perfect match for the attacking football Ten Hag is likely to implement at United next season, and could leave Luke Shaw sweating over his place at Old Trafford.
While ten Hag has identified a number of goals he wants to transform United this summer, they have yet to make a single purchase.
And their rivals have all recruited into key positions, with arch-enemies Liverpool and Manchester City putting forward Darwin Nunez and Erling Haaland respectively, as they appear to widen the gap with the rest of the league.
Lyon from former Ajax boss Peter Bosz stole a march on Manchester United with their £12million bid
But with United doing everything they can to sign De Jong, they seem to be at risk of missing out on a number of other players, such as Malacia.
Newcastle have also been fairly quiet this window, despite their high-profile big money takeover last season, perhaps resisting the urge to overspend too quickly, instead waiting for sensible deals to become available.
The Magpies have brought in England international goalkeeper Nick Pope, following his relegation from Burnley, for £12million after making Matt Targett’s loan from Aston Villa permanent in a £15.75million deal.
Eddie Howe’s side was considered one of the frontrunners for the 22-year-old’s signature