MANCHESTER UNITED contacted Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt’s agents over a potential transfer in a bid to hijack Chelsea’s move, according to reports.

De Ligt has been in talks with Chelsea over a potential £76.5million move.

De Ligt has rebuffed interest from Chelsea AND Man Utd to see if Bayern can strike an agreement with Bayern

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De Ligt has rebuffed interest from Chelsea AND Man Utd to see if Bayern can strike an agreement with BayernCredit: Getty

The Dutchman is also keen to see whether Bayern Munich can strike a deal with Juve.

But according to Bild’s Christian Falk, Man Utd have contacted De Ligt’s agents to register their interest.

United have tracked the 22-year-old’s progress since his Ajax days.

And their interest has flared up again with former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag taking control of the reins at Old Trafford.

The pair worked together at the Dutch champions between 2017 and 2019.

A move to Manchester would potentially see De Ligt reunite with former Ajax team-mate Frenkie de Jong.

De Jong is being linked with a move to Man Utd this summer, but Barca insist the midfielder is not for sale.

However, like Chelsea, Man Utd’s interest has been rebuffed by De Ligt’s camp.

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The player will continue to wait to see it Bayern can find an agreement with Juve.

De Ligt would replace Niklas Sule, who left on a free after his contract expired.

The Germany international joined rivals Borussia Dortmund.