United Ligt the Transfer Window on Fire! Man Utd set to financially out-muscle Barcelona in Matthijs De Ligt transfer battle. [The Mirror]

This is going to end relatively quickly in one of two ways. de Ligt will either be holding up a Barcelona kit by the end of the long weekend or Simon Stone and other Tier 1’s will be confirming the completion of an absolute coup by United.

To steal the player under the Catalans’ noses while they haggled with the player’s agent, Rino “Mr. Potato” Raiola, over agent fees would be the ultimate Woodward move. But if Woodward can pull off a transfer of this magnitude to start the window, strengthening in a position United so desperately need while gaining a natural leader, it could be a great omen for things to come.

Watch this space!

Here are the details: Manchester United have launched a £70million bid for Ajax’s brilliant young captain Matthijs de Ligt. United moved in when Barcelona refused to pay the Dutchman’s agent £12million to broker a move to the Nou Camp, after De Ligt led his Amsterdam club to a league and cup double.

But sources in Holland last night suggested United have moved into pole position after agreeing to outbid any club and meet Mino Raiola’s demands for a £350,000-a-week wage and a huge fixer’s fee.

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