The lowdown: Rising star
Having come through the ranks at Feyenoord, Malacia has amassed 136 first-team outings for the Dutch Eredivisie side, directly contributing to 14 goals in the process.
Despite his tender years, the 22-year-old has already become a fully-fledged Holland international and recently played 180 minutes in the UEFA Nations League double header against Wales.
Now, as new United manager Erik ten Hag attempts to reshape the squad at Old Trafford, Malacia is seemingly on the radar…
The latest: ‘Excited’
It’s claimed that the Red Devils have been ‘following Malacia’s development closely’ and officials from the club are ‘excited’ about the left-back.
The report also states that it would take bids in the region of just €15-20million (£13-17million) to sign the youngster dubbed a ‘pitbull’ by ex-Holland winger Ibrahim Afellay – Rafael van der Vaart also described Malacia as ‘so sharp’ following an impressive display against Fortuna Sittard recently.
The verdict: Bargain
In order to avoid having three senior left-back options, before adding Malacia, United would need to sanction the departure of either Luke Shaw or Alex Telles.
Therefore, the interest in the talented Dutchman is certainly intriguing and welcome, particularly on the back of a season which saw the energetic full-back earn a 7.09 Sofascore rating whilst winning 6.0 duels and playing a role in 11 clean sheets – a higher rating, more successful duels and more shut outs than the left-backs in situ.
Still young enough to develop further and with Ten Hag looking to create a fresh environment at Old Trafford, at the bargain mooted asking price a move for Malacia could well be forthcoming.
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