United progress De Ligt talks

Matthijs de Ligt
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Manchester United believe they are making progress in their attempts to sign Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt.

De Ligt is currently in Germany with his country at the Euros.

But United have been talking with the player's advisers about making a move to Old Trafford.

The club are keen to bring in a couple of central defenders but attempts to sign Jarrad Branthwaite from Everton have stalled because the Merseyside club has so far refused to drop its asking price.

Bayern Munich are trying to trim their wage bill and could be open to a deal for De Ligt, who skippered Ajax to the Champions League semi-final under Erik ten Hag in 2019.

The 24-year-old subsequently joined Juventus for €75m (£63.6m) but didn't make the impact hoped.