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Man Utd suffer eleventh hour setback in Malacia deal, with hitch potentially affecting De Jong transfer too

Netherlands full-back Tyrell Malacia

A Man Utd move for Tyrell Malacia has hit a new snag, and a trusted source has claimed it could have ramifications for their Frenkie de Jong transfer too.

Manchester United looked to have pulled off a transfer masterstroke earlier this week when hijacking Lyon’s move for Tyrell Malacia. The Feyenoord left-back, 22, had agreed a move with the French side, though they were having trouble financing the deal.

West Ham and Man Utd both sensed an opportunity to pounce, with the latter striking an agreement worth £13m prior to add-ons.

Sky Sports’ Melissa Reddy claimed a deal would be “completed soon”. That came after personal terms were reportedly close to being agreed with negotiations led by Malacia’s agent, Ali Dursun.

However, the Athletic have revealed a spanner is in the works.

Their piece, written by the reliable David Ornstein, revealed Dursun is not ‘authorised to conduct this deal’. As such, he must be removed from negotiations and the matter must be resolved before a deal can be finalised.

The Athletic stress the deal does remain on course for completion. However, it has prompted Malacia to draft in his father to conclude negotiations.

The issue could also have ramifications for Man Utd’s pursuit of Frenkie de Jong.

Ali Dursin leading De Jong negotiations

The Dutch maestro, 25, is highest profile target Erik ten Hag is chasing this summer.

That particular transfer saga has dragged on for nearly a month, though reports have claimed an agreement in principle on the fee Barcelona will receive has been reached.

The Athletic back up those claims, noting United ‘have a consensus on the fee’. The total if all add-ons were met would be around the £69m mark, with the breakdown roughly £56m up front and £13m in potential bonuses.

Frenkie de Jong, Barcelona, during Europa League - Round of 16 Second Leg - Galatasaray v FC Barcelona - Turk Telekom Stadium, Istanbul

However, Ali Dursun is also the man representing De Jong in his negotiations with United. While the Athletic aren’t saying for sure, they do float the possibility his involvement could become an issue as it has for Malacia.

Regardless, Ornstein noted there still remains plenty of kinks left to be ironed out before De Jong can arrive at Old Trafford anyway.

Personal terms, as well as the finer details on the payments and structure of payments are yet to be resolved.

Who else is on United’s radar?

Malacia and De Jong aren’t the only Netherlands internationals Ten Hag is seeking to sign.

Centre-half Jurrien Timber remains a target, though he’s looking increasingly likely to stay at Ajax. Regarding the Amsterdam club, winger Antony and centre-half Lisandro Martinez are firm targets.

Sky claimed talks over an Antony deal are underway, while a Martinez move is complicated by interest from Arsenal.

Elsewhere, a contract offer remains on the table for Christian Eriksen. The Dane still has not decided whether he wishes to join the Red Devils or remain at Brentford.

Regarding exits, seven players are already, or could soon be put up for sale. Two players, including Anthony Martial, are poised to be handed a reprieve by Ten Hag.