Manchester United’s pursuit of Bayern Munich’s star player Matthijs de Ligt is believed to have received a boost, as reported by various sources.
The Netherlands international made a move to Bayern in 2022 following a successful three-year stint with Juventus.
De Ligt previously played under the management of Erik ten Hag at Ajax, notably becoming the youngest player to participate in a major European final against Manchester United in the Europa League in 2017.
As Manchester United aims to strengthen their defense in the upcoming summer transfer window, the 24-year-old’s name receives a mention in the list.
The likelihood of this transfer largely hinges on Manchester United securing a spot in the Champions League, with Thomas Tuchel’s side currently positioned as favorites to win the competition this season.
Recent reports from German outlet BILD suggest that issues have arisen between De Ligt and Tuchel, potentially paving the way for the Dutchman’s departure from the Allianz Arena through a permanent transfer.
The alleged incident occurred in September, where De Ligt reportedly ‘stormed out’ of the stadium without engaging with anyone after Bayern secured a 4-3 win over United in the Champions League group stage.
Despite these reported tensions, De Ligt continues to be a crucial part of Tuchel’s starting XI when fit, making a successful return from injury that sidelined him for over a month.
However, recent developments indicate that both De Ligt and fellow centre-back Dayot Upamecano were absent from training during Bayern’s winter training camp on Wednesday due to injury concerns.