De Jong’s prolonged seven-week pursuit by United is anticipated to result in a €65 million (£56.14 million) agreement with add-ons. The first price will presumably be paid in installments.
After United snatched up Lyon’s deal for Malacia, 22, the club has also backed its new manager Erik ten Hag with a €15 million (£12.9 million) bid. Malacia is a Netherlands international. According to sources, United and Feyenoord agreed on the price on Tuesday afternoon.
Due to their participation in the Netherlands‘ Nations League matches earlier this month, De Jong and Malacia are currently on vacation and both contracts are contingent upon the players passing medical exams.
United will next turn its attention to other targets, including Christian Eriksen and the Ajax combo of Antony and Lisandro Martinez.
Ten Hag prefers Ajax or Dutch football reinforcements, and United has not vetoed any of his suggested targets. According to club sources, all players of serious interest have been thoroughly scouted.
United were open to adding depth at full-back and were compelled to sign Malacia, who is represented by the same agency as De Jong, due to Lyon’s interest. Luke Shaw will face competition from Malacia.
United’s return to pre-season training and Ten Hag’s presence at Carrington are thought to have sped up the club’s transfer activity as the pre-season tour’s departure date approaches. Ten Hag is determined to have new signings on board to integrate into the squad when United travels to Bangkok on July 8.
Malacia started 32 Eredivisie games for Feyenoord last season and appeared in all but two Europa Conference League matches, including the final defeat to Roma. Malacia made his debut for the Netherlands under Louis van Gaal in September, and he started both of their Nations League victories over Wales earlier this month.
United had already planned to offload full-backs Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams, but Malacia’s impending arrival makes Alex Telles vulnerable.