Tyrell Malacia's £13m move to Manchester United faces significant complications as the Dutch defender changes agent... with concern building that £70m pursuit of Frenkie de Jong could now be at risk
- Tyrell Malacia's £13million move to Manchester United faces complications
- The defender was expected to be new United boss Erik ten Hag's first signing
- The Holland international has changed agents midway through the transfer
Tyrell Malacia’s protracted move to Manchester United has hit significant complications amid a move from the player to change agents.
Malacia is on course to become new United head coach Erik ten Hag’s first signing after the Old Trafford club agreed a £13million fee for the left-back.
But the switch is being delayed due to a wish from Malacia to change agents midway through the transfer.
Tyrell Malacia’s protracted move to Manchester United has hit significant complications
Feyenoord defender Malacia has decided to change agents midway through his £13m move, which could have a domino effect on De Jong's switch
United are confident that the issues are well on the way to being fully resolved and that the deal can be rubber-stamped in the coming days.
Importantly, the problems have not impacted on the agreement between United and Feyenoord.
The Holland international has been looked after HCM Sports Management, who also look after De Jong.
The company also facilitated Donny van de Beek’s switch from Ajax to United in 2020.
However, Malacia has made clear he doesn’t not want HCM to do this deal creating significant hurdles for United with regards to completing a deal.
And there is some concern that the external problems could cause issues with regards to United’s move for De Jong, though the Premier League club are hopeful that the complications that have added complexities to the Malacia deal will not impact their move for the Barcelona midfielder.
Sportsmail revealed earlier this week that United were close to agreeing a deal with Barcelona for the Holland midfielder, in a deal that could be worth up to £70million, with the talks between both clubs ongoing.
Malacia (L) was on course to become new United boss Erik ten Hag’s first signing at the club
But the situation between Malacia and HCM could conceivably add complications for the De Jong deal.
Malacia looked set to strengthen United at left-back, with Luke Shaw and Alex Telles the club's other main options in that position.
Feyenoord director Frank Arnesen had even previously revealed that they had agreed a deal with United for Malacia, but it may be as smooth as first anticipated now.
Arnesen told 1908.nl: 'The agreement with Man United is there. We are now waiting for Tyrell. If Malacia says yes, then a transfer to Manchester United is imminent.'
Malacia has five senior caps for Holland having previously represented his country at various youth levels.
A product of Feyenoord's academy, he has made 136 senior appearances for the club and won the KNVB Cup in the 2017-18 campaign.
Barcelona midfielder De Jong, 25, remains the Premier League side's top priority, with new manager Ten Hag desperate to sign the gifted playmaker to revamp his engine room.
Although, much like Malacia, it could have hit a stumbling block.
Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez (pictured) is another transfer target for United this summer
Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez is another target for United this summer as Ten Hag look to raid his former club for his signature.
Martinez is said to be very high on Ten Hag's wish list and is regarded as their next target after Malacia and de Jong.
For their part United have maintained they would need to offload defenders first with the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones all looking for fresh starts.
Martinez, who has seven caps and can play centre back or left back, is on holiday but is following reports regarding his future and relishes the idea of playing in the Premier League.
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