Donny van de Beek looks set to join Manchester United after refusing to play in a pre-season friendly for Ajax against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. The Dutch international midfielder has looked to leave the Amsterdam Arena after seeing international teammates Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt both depart in the past few seasons and it looks as if United are leading the race.
Van de Beek looked set to join Real Madrid in the spring and had agreed personal terms, only for the deal to fall apart due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it looks like Madrid’s loss could be United’s gain as they close in on a £40 million deal for the midfielder who has played over 200 times for Ajax and is still only 25 years old.
United have turned their attention to The Dutch international midfielder after having numerous bids for Borussia Dortmund’s forward Jadon Sancho turned down. Dortmund is apparently holding out for £108 million and United are unwilling to meet that valuation. At £40 million Van de Beek represents much more value for money having already played at the top levels of European football with Ajax, including a run to the semi-finals in the 2018/19 season.
Van de Beek has apparently told Ajax Chief Executive Edwin Van der Sar, a former player at Old Trafford, and Sporting Director Marc Overmars that he will not play for the Dutch club again according to reports out of England. The only stumbling block for United now may be if Barcelona’s new coach Ronald Koeman, who coached the player at the International level, decides to make a move. However, the current drama at the Nou Camp may just give Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and his team enough time to get this deal done.
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