“DOCUMENTS ARE BEING PREPARED”: Dan Ashworth closing in on sensational first United transfer as negotiations reach advanced stage – reports

“The management of the defender of Oranje, who is preparing for the round of 16 of the European Championship against Romania, is negotiating with Erik ten Hag’s club.

“It is expected that an agreement can be reached in the short term, sources close to the English club report.

“Manchester United and Bayern Munich are already in talks about the transfer fee of the international.”

This bold claim is supported by ESPN’s Rob Dawson, who writes: “United have made contact with De Ligt’s representatives and an official approach to Bayern is expected soon.”

Dawson’s report suggests that De Ligt is seen as an alternative to the overpriced Jarrad Branthwaite of Everton, although other reports have claimed the two deals are independent of one another.

It is thought that two centre backs might be recruited, particularly if one of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire is sold and if Jonny Evans is not given a one-year extension.

There is some discrepancy between what United want to pay for De Ligt (a maximum of €40 million) and what Bayern want to receive for him (around €60 million).

However, given the 24 year old’s indifferent form and injury issues, coupled with the deflated state of the transfer market, the Bavarians will surely acknowledge that is somewhat optimistic.

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