Tyrell Malacia has ‘chosen’ Man Utd as transfer ‘deal in principle’ agreed

The left-back’s arrival could mark Erik ten Hag’s first Manchester United signing.

Manchester United could be on the verge of making their first signing of the summer transfer window, according to reports.

News broke on Tuesday afternoon that the Red Devils had matched Lyon’s offer for Tyrell Malacia, with the Feyenoord left-back expected to join the Red Devils.

Malacia played 50 times last season and obviously caught the eye of Erik ten Hag, who could make the Netherlands international his first new recruit.

But what do we know so far and what has been reported?

The Dutch international is expected to choose United over Lyon. Credit: Getty.

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As per the Manchester Evening News, a ‘deal in principle’ has been agreed to sign Malacia for £12.9m (€15m).

This is subject to completing a medical, with the player still on holiday at present, while the MEN add the arrival of the 22-year-old ‘leaves Alex Telles vulnerable’.

The Brazilian has mainly provided back-up to Luke Shaw during his two years at United, but like most in the Old Trafford dressing room, endured a torrid season in 2021/22.

Meanwhile, French outlet L’Equipe say Malacia has ‘chosen’ United, despite Lyon discussing a deal with the Dutchman for ‘days’. They also claim the Ligue 1 club raised their offer to Feyenoord by €1m in an effort to conclude the transfer, but Malacia is set to join the Premier League side.

The Athletic report Lyon consider their interest ended as well. The outlet add the fee to secure Malacia’s services could rise to £14.7m (€17m) and includes a sell-on clause.

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In-the-know Fabrizio Romano tweeted on Wednesday morning to say the player’s agent and United ‘are in direct contact’, with the Red Devils feeling ‘positive’ that a deal will be wrapped up soon.