Man Utd are set to sign Donny van de Beek and it seems like he has already chosen his shirt number.
The Ajax man will soon join the Premier League giants for a reported sum of €40 million. Van de Beek had previously been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona but ultimately, United are the ones who managed to convince him.
This signing is likely to increase the depth and add competition in midfield in order to enhance performance and options. The attacking midfielder will sign on a five-year deal with an option to extend it by another year.
Meanwhile, the Dutchman is closing in on officially becoming a Red Devil; he is said to be so close that he has already chosen the number 34 as his shirt number, as per the Daily Mail. Moreover, there’s is a beautiful reason behind this choice of number as it is a tribute to his dear friend Abdelhak Nouri.
Nouri and the Dutch international forged a friendship as they rose through the Ajax academy.
Unfortunately, the midfielder was forced to hang up his boots after suffering permanent brain damage after he collapsed in 2017 during a friendly match. The former Ajax man now requires around-the-clock care.
David Luiz once said that football is a game of survival and in such harsh conditions where careers end unexpectedly, it is very heartwarming to see footballers having such deep effect on the careers and lives of each other.
It is only fitting that the 23-year-old pays tribute to someone who he holds so close, even after switching clubs.