Reports across the European media this weekend suggest that Manchester United are closing in a move for Donny van de Beek.
Van de Beek, 23, has established himself as one of Dutch football’s most highly-regarded talents over the last couple of seasons.
The goalscoring midfielder is a product of Ajax’s famed youth academy, with van de Beek having gone on to play a starring role in the club’s first-team setup since first emerging onto the scene during the 2016-17 campaign.
The 9-time capped international directly contributed to a hugely-impressive 36 Eredivisie goals over the course of the ensuing two seasons combined, the 2nd of which saw Ajax dethrone champions PSV Eindhoven.
While his domestic exploits have proven of the highest standard for some time now, however, what saw van de Beek begin to truly catch the eye throughout Europe were the Dutchman’s performances in the Champions League in 2018/19.
The talented youngster played an integral role in the Ajax side that shocked the masses en route to the competition’s semi-finals, notching crucial goals versus the likes of Juventus and Tottenham.
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 30: Donny van de Beek of Ajax celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images)
This past season, meanwhile, saw van de Beek continue to impress, with 14 goals and 10 assists across all competitions, as Erik ten Hag’s men clinched a 2nd-straight league title.
Old Trafford bound?
The 2019/20 campaign, however, is expected to stand as the midfield creator’s last at the Johan Cruijff ArenA.
While Ajax managed to hold onto van de Beek last summer despite the departures of the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, it has long been widely-acknowledged that the 23-year-old will likely be snapped up by one of European football’s heavyweights over the coming months.
Real Madrid were hotly-tipped as a potential destination for van de Beek last year, with outlets across Europe having gone as far as to claim that an agreement was in place to finally take the Dutchman to the Bernabeu ahead of next season.
Such speculation, though, was subsequently shut down by van de Beek himself, who assured that he was yet to make a decision on his future.
This, in turn, reopened the race for the Ajax man’s signature, with reports stemming from Spain having hinted at serious interest on the part of Premier League giants Manchester United.
And, as outlined above, the last 24 hours have seen claims mount that the Red Devils are now ready to step up their interest in van de Beek.
As per transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, United have in fact been in contact with the Dutchman’s agents for several weeks now.
This comes with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co. viewing the midfielder as an ‘opportunity’ on the transfer market:
Manchester United are in contact with Donny Van de Beek agents by weeks – he’s been scouted for many months.
He’s considered an ‘opportunity’ but Ajax are still waiting to receive an official bid. Barcelona are denying any contact to sign Van de Beek. 🔴 #MUFC #ManUtd #vandebeek
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 29, 2020
Speculation in the Spanish media, meanwhile, has since gone a step further.
In a definitive statement on the part of Sport, it is assured that ‘van de Beek will sign for Manchester United’.
It is even claimed that the Ajax man has already informed his teammates at the Johan Cruijff ArenA that he will be making the move to Old Trafford.
In turn, van de Beek is expected to travel to Manchester for a medical this coming week.
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