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Dutch centre-half Matthijs De Ligt. Photo: Tim Goode/PA

Dutch centre-half Matthijs De Ligt. Photo: Tim Goode/PA

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Dutch centre-half Matthijs De Ligt. Photo: Tim Goode/PA

Manchester United are monitoring Matthijs de Ligt's situation after the centre-half's difficult first year at Juventus.

De Ligt completed a €75m move to Turin from Ajax only last summer after turning down interest from United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.

The 20-year-old became one of the most coveted young talents in European football after captaining Ajax to the 2018-19 Champions League semi-finals.

But De Ligt has since struggled to establish himself at Juventus, admitting during the autumn that he no longer feels "invincible" since moving to Italy.

The Netherlands international lost his automatic starting place to Merih Demiral during the winter, then only returned to ease an injury crisis in Maurizio Sarri's defence.

United still admire De Ligt and would be open to renewing their interest in the defender if he becomes available this summer, even though he is represented by Mino Raiola.

Raiola has publicly clashed with United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his client Paul Pogba and their failed pursuit of young striker Erling Haaland in recent months. (© Independent News Service)

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