Man Utd told who they should have signed instead of Harry Maguire as Liverpool claim made

De Ligt’s exit from Ajax was finally confirmed on Thursday, with Juventus signing the 19-year-old centre-back.

Juve got their man for £67.5million, less than the £80m Leicester want from Manchester United for England international Maguire.

Brazil claims De Ligt would have been a good signing for Liverpool, with his Holland defensive partner Virgil van Dijk already at Anfield.

But he cannot understand why his old club United did not pursue a deal for De Ligt, who is younger and would have proven cheaper than Maguire.

“I was really hoping he was going to come to, well, I was going to say Liverpool must have been interested, with Van Dijk alongside him,” Brazil said on talkSPORT.

“Play together in the national side don’t they for Holland.

“Or Manchester United, could they have not gone in there with £67.5m?

“This is the point I want to make.

“This is nothing to do with Harry Maguire – I like Harry Maguire big style as a player – but they are talking about £75m-£80m for Harry who is 26 and De Ligt is 20 next month but he goes for just £67.5m…”

Former England defender Stuart Pearce was working alongside Brazil on Thursday.

And Pearce admits the price tag of De Ligt was a surprise considering how much United spent on right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and how much they have been quoted for Maguire.

“We covered the Nations League in the summer and this kid, how he’s only gone for £67.5m, I’m not sure,” Pearce said.

“From what I saw of him playing alongside Van Dijk, he was outstanding. He plays well above his years.

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“When you think of that direct comparison [with Maguire], Wan-Bissaka for £50m, you think it’s out of tilt slightly.

“There is value with De Ligt, I think. He’s got leadership about him.

“The only think he lacks a little bit is a turn of pace, but I think he’s got a yard in his head with the way he plays the game.”



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