Manchester United in talks with La Liga club over 26-yr-old’s transfer

General view of a corner flag at Old Trafford, the stadium of Manchester United.

Real Sociedad are interested in Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek Reuters / Jason Cairnduff.

Manchester United’s recruitment team, which is led by the club’s director of football John Murtough, appears to be working round the clock in recent weeks.

Having unveiled Andre Onana as their new goalkeeper signing less than two weeks ago, the Premier League side struck a deal with Atalanta for Rasmus Hojlund over the weekend. The Denmark international is already in Manchester and should be confirmed as the Red Devils’ third summer signing after completing the usual formalities, including formally putting pen to paper.

It seems there’s no stopping Murtough and company, as it has emerged United are now in talks with Real Sociedad to resolve the future of another player. Although this time, movement is concerning an outgoing.

Manchester United approached by Real Sociedad

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Spanish outfit made formal contact with United for Donny van de Beek on Tuesday, and the two clubs are now discussing formula and terms over a deal.

La Real are in the market for a new creative midfielder following David Silva’s retirement announcement which came after the former Manchester City man suffered a serious knee injury.

Meanwhile, Van de Beek is keen for regular game-time to revive his career. But despite being handed significant minutes during pre-season, including a start in the 3-2 defeat against Borussia Dortmund, the Netherlands international is likely to spend a large part of the season on the bench due to the presence of Bruno Fernandes and Mason Mount in the middle of the park.

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Further, the 26-year-old’s exit could be accelerated, as Erik ten Hag wants to bring in Sofyan Amrabat. It’s understood that a deal for the Fiorentina midfielder “certainly hinges” on player sales. As such, Van de Beek’s move to Spain could benefit all parties involved.