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Manchester United: Deal close for Tyrell Malacia as positive talks for Ajax's Lisandro Martinez continue

Manchester United deal to sign Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia nears completion; United continue positive talks with Ajax over defender Lisandro Martinez; Fulham want to sign Eric Bailly and have approached United about his availability but defender prefers to stay at Old Trafford

Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez - AP Photo/Getty
Image: Tyrell Malacia (left) and Lisandro Martinez are both Manchester United targets this summer

Manchester United are close to completing a move for Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia as they continue positive talks with Ajax over a move for defender Lisandro Martinez.

United are in the process of agreeing personal terms and Malacia could have a medical as early as the weekend - with the club confident of finalising the move in the coming days.

A package worth around an initial £13m, with a further £1.7m in add-ons and a potential sell-on clause was agreed with Feyenoord for the 22-year-old earlier this week.

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Michael Bridge with all of the latest transfer news as Dean Henderson joins Nottingham Forest on loan and Manchester United edge closer to signing Tyrell Malacia.

United accelerated their interest in Malacia in an attempt to beat Lyon to a deal and the Dutch club recently confirmed a fee had been agreed.

Malacia fits the profile of player Erik ten Hag wants at Old Trafford and he shares an agency - HCM Sports Management - with Frenkie de Jong; the club's premier target this summer. The same agency also represents Donny van de Beek and Victor Lindelof.

Utd hopeful of Ajax deal for Martinez

Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez (left)
Image: United are hopeful they can agree a price with Ajax for Lisandro Martinez (left)

Manchester United, meanwhile, continue positive talks with Ajax over the signing of defender Lisandro Martinez.

United are hopeful they can come to an agreement over a price.

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It is thought Martinez would be keen on a move to Old Trafford to once again work with Erik ten Hag.

Arsenal are also very interested in Martinez and were expected to bid for him.

Bailly wants to stay at Man Utd despite Fulham interest

Manchester United's Eric Bailly during their Champions League group game against Atalanta on November 2 2021
Image: Eric Bailly has emerged as a target for Fulham

Fulham want to sign Eric Bailly and have approached United about the defender's availability, with the newly-promoted side interested in a season-long loan with the option to buy.

But a source close to Bailly has told Sky Sports News he is not interested in going anywhere at the moment and would prefer to stay at Old Trafford to fight for his place.

Sky Sports News understands Manchester United are open to doing business on Bailly, but would prefer a sale - or at least a loan with an obligation to buy.

The 28-year-old signed a contract extension last year and is due to remain at the club until 2024.

Sky Sports News understands prior to signing the extension, Bailly feared the club were offering him a new contract in order to secure a larger transfer fee in the event of his departure.

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