Manchester United have reportedly planned a big move for Ajax Amsterdam's rising star Donny van de Beek in the off-season.
The Red Devils' interest in the 22-year-old is well known, with
rumours circling throughout March on the subject of an offer being made.
Reports had suggested a proposed move to Real Madrid was close to being
finalised, but the Dutchman is now said to be mulling his options over
amid interest from outside La Liga.
Under contract until summer 2022, the youngster's valuation is
thought to be in the region of £50 million, but United boss Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer - keen to acquire the Netherlands international's services
back in January - seemingly views Van de Beek as a prime target.
With the opening date of the next transfer window as yet unclear due
to the ongoing coronavirus uncertainty, the questions surrounding the
attacking midfielder's future are unlikely to be answered in the short
Any move may also hinge on the outcome of the Paul Pobga affair, United's French midfielder is being courted by Madrid boss Zinedine
Zidane and if Solskjaer is content with ceding the playmaker to Los
Blancos, the Dutchman's path to Old Trafford may suddenly become
Van de Beek - whose 23 league appearances this campaign have borne
eight league goals and six assists - is a graduate of the Ajax youth
system. He made his first-team debut in November 2015 as the Amsterdam
club overcame Celtic 2-1 in the Europa League, his first senior goal
coming later that month against Norwegian outfit Molde.
In May 2017, he featured in the last meeting between the Dutch side
and the Red Devils, the two going head-to-head in the 2017 Europa League
final which finished 2-0 in United's favour.
A goal against Juventus in last season's Champions League
quarter-finals and another away at Tottenham in the semi-final first-leg
were not enough to take the Eredivisie champions to their first final
in the competition since 1996 but they certainly put him on the map and
it seems unlikely Ajax will hang to another of their prized assets
beyond the next transfer window.
- TEAMtalk media