Manchester United complete their first January deal, confirms Fabrizio Romano

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Manchester United and Eintracht Frankfurt have reached complete agreement over a loan deal for Donny van de Beek, as per Fabrizio Romano.

The Dutch midfielder has endured a nightmare last 12 months, having spent the majority of his time either on the sidelines due to injury struggles or on the bench due to intense competition for his position at United.

The former Ajax talent, who moved to Old Trafford during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign, has seemingly not even managed to convince Erik ten Hag, who was his coach in Amsterdam, of his qualities. This season, Van de Beek has only accumulated two appearances in all competitions, spending less than 30 minutes on the pitch in total.

Donny van de Beek is set to move to Eintracht Frankfurt

With Bruno Fernandes and Mason Mount already well ahead of him in the pecking order and the recent emergence of Kobbie Mainoo, not even Van De Beek’s biggest fans saw him getting regular minutes at United.

A January move elsewhere was always viewed as the most viable route to regular first-team action for the technically proficient playmaker, and recent reports suggest his loan departure is imminent.

According to Italian transfer expert Romano, a loan deal for the player has been “completed between all parties involved.” Documents are being exchanged after Van de Beek completed his medical in Frankfurt. He added that the Dutchman will formally become a player of Eintracht from January 1. The deal includes a buy option worth €11m initial fee for the German outfit.

Van de Beek will be competing with the likes of Mario Gotze, Ellyes Skhiri, and Hugo Larsson for a place in Dino Toppmoller’s side, which sit sixth on the Bundesliga table.