£50m asking price for Cucurella shows Manchester United snapped up a bargain with Malacia
Tyrell Malacia clinched his move to Manchester United this week, completing the club’s first summer signing.
Malacia cost United just £13 million, Sky Sports reported, rising to £15 million in add-ons.
The left-back is a full Netherlands international, and shopping outside the Premier League is clearly a strategy United should continue pursuing.
A look at the transfer fee being sought for another left-back shows what a bargain United have with Malacia.
United snapped up a bargain with Malacia
Manchester City have been chasing Brighton’s Marc Cucurella, a 23-year-old full-back who has one international cap for Spain.
The Mail report Brighton want £50 million for the left-back, a price City might end up paying.
Cucurella is a good player, Manchester United discovered this in May when he scored in Brighton’s win against us. That was his one and only goal of the season.
While he would be a worthy addition to a top level team, Malacia is a far smarter deal at just £13 million.
The former Feyenoord defender played in a European final this past season and provided four assists this past season to Cucurella’s one.
There’s something to be said for Cucurella being proven in the Premier League, but this is a box Malacia is soon expected to tick too.
Manchester United have tried spending £50 million on a full-back before, paying up for Aaron Wan-Bissaka in 2019.
This gamble has not been an overwhelming success, with the club open-minded when it comes to the future of the right-back position this coming season.
If United do make a move, the Malacia deal suggests the club will look for value, rather than paying a Premier League club’s costly demands.