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- Manchester United could have signed Matthijs De Ligt last summer
- But the Red Devils were warned against making a move by scout Marcel Bout
- Bout warned that De Ligt could gain weight because his father was fat
- The 19-year-old is now one of & # 39; the hottest defensive prospects in & # 39; a match
Manchester United denied the opportunity to sign Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt last season, because one of their scouts believed he would become too fat, like his overweight father.
The 19-year-old captain Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League this season, where they were stopped Wednesday by a devastating comeback by Tottenham.
The role of De Ligt in & # 39; s remarkable run of & # 39; a Dutch side, which saw them reigning European champion Real Madrid and Italian giants Juventus, has seen him as one of & # 39; a continent with a price tag set to beat Virgil van Dijk's world record fee for a £ 75m defender this summer.
Manchester United probably defeated Matthijs De Ligt, because his father was too fat
United's scout feared that De Ligt would gain weight just as his father would lose his pace and strength
But according to The Mirror, United offered the opportunity to sign The Ligt for a much lower fee, not to mention the scout recommended to him, Marcel Bout, that the center half would lose his pace and strength due to weight gain .
Bout was recruited by Louis van Gaal during his tenure at Old Trafford and reportedly reported The Ligt extensively, but warned against making a move for the now sought-after boy, because he believed he could go the same way as his overweight father, Frank.
Jose Mourinho pleaded with the United Hierarchy to sign a new defender last summer, but none of the & # 39; five goals of & # 39; e Portuguese managers were successfully recruited.
The League is now one of the hottest prospects of Europe and United probably interested in him
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is linked to a move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly's defender to start the club on the rebuilding of a team, with a central defender who said high on # 39 ; a store listing of & # 39; e Noor.
Manchester United are rumored to be chasing the Dutch international De Ligt, but their failure to qualify for the Champions League will likely count against them in the transfer market.
Barcelona are also quick to snap up The Ligt, though miraculous teammate Frenkie de Jong has recruited for £ 65 million.