Reports emerging from various sources claim Manchester United had the chance to sign Ajax skipper and superstar defender Matthijs de Ligt last summer.
However, they passed on the opportunity after being told he might become too fat with the passage of time.
Jose Mourinho was apparently on the lookout for a central defender in the summer. Dutch scout Marcel Bout had scouted de Ligt extensively and had nothing but glowing praise for the youngster in his evaluation.
Scout warns Mourinho not to sign Matthijs de Ligt
However, he did warn Mourinho that since de Ligt’s father was overweight, the young defender might get the same problem too. This would result in a loss of pace and power as he got older.
As a result, it seemed like too much of a risk and Manchester United turned down the chance to sign the then 18-year-old.
Now, they will surely be regretting that decision. De Ligt has developed into one of the finest centre-backs in the world. He played a major role in Ajax’s run to the Champions League semifinals, with many impressed by his leadership qualities at such a young age.
Off to Barcelona?
The 19-year-old has been heavily linked with a Barcelona move in the summer. Any such move would require a fee in the region of £75million to be shelled out.
While Manchester United remain interested in the defender, it’s unlikely they will be able to secure his services. Especially, since they missed out on the chance to sign him for a much cheaper price last year.
Now, the Red Devils will reportedly turn their attentions towards signing Leicester defender Harry Maguire.
Maguire impressed for England during the World Cup, but has had a relatively disappointing Premier League season this time around.
Nevertheless, he remains a significant upgrade on the likes of Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling.
It remains to be seen what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s final decision is.