Manchester United set to complete first senior transfer under Dan Ashworth

New Manchester United sporting director Dan Ashworth

Dan Ashworth has finally started his work at Manchester United as their sporting director Reuters/Lee Smith

Manchester United are set to finalise the sale of Donny van de Beek, in what is set to become the first official transfer under the club’s new hierarchy.

In his first interview at the beginning of pre-season on Tuesday, manager Erik ten Hag expressed his excitement at the Red Devils’ fresh start, confident in how the new structure is set to raise the bar at the Old Trafford club.

The renewed hierarchy at United sees Dan Ashworth take up the sporting director position, Jason Wilcox in the technical director role, Omar Berrada as the new chief executive and ex-Chelsea technical director Christopher Vivell joining in to assist specifically with recruitment.

In fact, the new management has already finalised the first senior transfer under the new regime, involving midfielder Donny van de Beek.

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Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano took to social media on Wednesday to confirm that Manchester United are set to complete their first sale of the summer transfer window. This transfer will see Donny van de Beek join Spanish outfit Girona.

The deal is likely to see the Reds pocket a €500k fixed fee, although achievable add-ons may subsequently take the overall fee up to the €5 million mark. Some add-ons may even inflate the fee further up to €15 million, although the chances of those being triggered are less likely.

Overall, this permanent sale would signify an initial loss worth €38.5 million for Manchester United, who bought Van de Beek in a €39 million-plus deal from Ajax four years ago.

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It is worth noting that the United hierarchy has also included a sell-on clause in the Dutchman’s Girona deal.

This feature, which is also set to be included in any deal involving Mason Greenwood, could help the English giants further claw back some of their investment if the midfielder rediscovers his old form.