Manchester United have emerged as top contenders to sign Donny van de Beek following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s personal intervention, reports the Mirror.
The Ajax man had been constantly linked with a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona since 2018 but neither clubs followed up their interest with an official bid. It is believed that both of the Spanish giants retain their interest to this day despite making no concrete moves.
Barca are currently in complete disarray following Lionel Messi’s decision to exit the club. This has caused the Catalans’ involvement in the transfer market to diminish. Otherwise, it was believed that Ronald Koeman was keen on importing the midfielder to the Nou Camp.
However, it is almost certain that van de Beek will depart the Johan Cruyff Arena as he refused to feature for his side’s pre-season friendly against Eintracht Frankfurt over the weekend.
It is believed that the United boss personally intervened in the negotiations and spoke to the youngster to convince him to choose Old Trafford.
Following this intervention, the Dutchman is now set to join the Mancunians for a sum said to be around £40 million. The attacking midfielder has already notified sporting director Marc Overmars and chief executive Edwin van der Sar that he will not feature for the club again.
The Red Devils are expected to wrap this deal up comfortably unless a last-minute offer from either Real or the Blaugrana is received. The Dutch international prefers the Spanish sides as his ideal destination and is likely to change his mind should one if them register genuine bids.
Nevertheless, Solskjaer has been given permission by the Eredivisie giants to hold advanced talks with their starlet in the next 48 hours.
Although the 23-year-old would make a great signing, it is hard to see where he would fit in. Lining up alongside Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes does not make sense from a tactical point-of-view. And surely the Old Trafford outfit wouldn’t splash out £40 million for a squad player.
It is going to be very interesting to see how the Norwegian boss accommodates his potential new signing.