Feyenoord are reportedly ready to consider offers for highly-rated left-back Tyrell Malacia with Erik ten Hag hoping to make him his first signing as manager of Manchester United.
The new Red Devils boss is eager to kickstart his Old Trafford reign with a strong summer transfer window, and while the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Jurrien Timber have been heavily linked, Malacia is looking a much more likely option.
According to Dutch outlet Voetbal International, French giants Lyon have had two bids rejected by Feyenoord for their 22-year-old starlet.
However, it is stated that the Eredivisie side are prepared to facilitate a transfer and help Malacia reach the next step of his promising career, which chiefs at De Kuip believe the Dutch defender is ready for.
Already a fully-fledged Netherlands international with three caps to his name, Mirror Football exclusively reported back in April that Ten Hag wanted to sign Malacia and the chances of a deal happening have now been majorly boosted.
Born in Rotterdam, the attack-minded Malacia is a local hero at Feyenoord after joining the club as a nine-year-old schoolboy. Lively on the ball, his tenacious style of play has seen him described as a “pitbull” by fans.
A host of scouts, including those from United, watched Malacia impress during his side’s 3-2 victory over Marseille in the Europa Conference League semi-finals.
While at his former club last summer, Ten Hag was unable to sign the talented tackler due to Ajax’s historic rivalry with Feyenoord.
Malacia himself wants to wait until after returning from international duty to make a decision on his future, having watched from the bench as Holland thrashed Belgium 4-1 on Friday.
Having narrowly lost the Conference League final 1-0 to Jose Mourinho ‘s Roma, he will have the bit between his teeth to step-up his career this summer whether that be in his home city or Manchester. For now, Malacia will hope to appear against Wales on Wednesday evening in the Nations League.
The Netherlands then host Poland at his home stadium on Saturday, another chance to shine under ex-Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal. Malacia is keeping level-headed, though, and recently told RTV Rijnmond : “I am definitely ready for the next step. But first I want to focus on the Orange squad and play here.
“I feel like everything happens for a reason and everything is written. If this is the right time, now is the right time. I’m not really into it, but it’s in the back of my mind. But I don’t want to talk about it. [Van Gaal] praised me. You have to perform at your club, I’m doing that nicely.
“But I want to show in every international match that I’m supposed to play. He then tries to take my opinion out of me. At first I mainly looked the cat out of the tree, but now I share it too. Other than that, I’m still calm, I mainly let my feet do the talking.”