Manchester United have ended up paying more for Tyrell Malacia than they would have if he hadn’t performed well in Europe last season.

That’s according to analysts Dennis van Eersel and Sinclair Bischop, who both believe Manchester United have ended up paying extra for the defender.

Malacia looks set to become Erik ten Haag’s first signing at Old Trafford in the coming days after Manchester United moved to snatch the defender away from Lyon.

The left-back had been set for a move to France, with a deal in place for him to make the switch and looking imminent.

However, Manchester United made a last-minute bid this week, trumping the French side’s bid to put themselves at the front of the queue.

Malacia now appears set to move to Old Trafford in a €15m deal, something backed up by 1908, who now say a deal is done, but that it won’t happen ‘before the new financial year’.

Van Eersel and Bischop, though, think the player could have been signed for a lower figure.

“Feyenoord first, there is more money involved, for Malacia, of course, a beautiful club that is in the process of building up again,” the former told the RTV Rijnmond podcast, relayed by FR-Fans.

“For example, Dumfries of PSV also left for Inter for €15m; the comparison with Ajax should be left out because it is not comparable, and the step-up has started.

“Without Feyenoord’s good European campaign, you would have only got €9m for Malacia.”

“At Lyon, however, there was a plan ready where he really came in as number 1. At Manchester United, it’s different; there, he really has to fight for his position,” added Bischop.”