Van de Beek: Five potential January destinations
Donny van de Beek will not be returning to Ajax anytime soon but there’s a ‘huge chance’ the Manchester United midfielder will leave the club in the January transfer window.
That’s according to sports journalist Fabrizio Romano, who claims that the Dutch midfielder will be pushing for a move away from Old Trafford in just a few months time.
This, of course, will be of no great surprise to any Man Utd supporter that has watched their team over the past 18 months.
Since making the move to the club in 2020, Van de Beek has managed just 44 starts for Man Utd and has averaged just 24 minutes per appearance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
As such, he’ll likely be heading off as soon as possible. But where will the Man Utd player end up?
Everton are a side that hunted Van de Beek in the summer and came very close to signing him. Indeed, the only reason that the Dutchman remains at Man Utd is because Solskjaer persuaded him to stay with the club.
The Toffees may not have cash to spend, but a loan deal could suit all parties. Man Utd, after all, could get a greater fee for the player should he succeed at Goodison Park in a style similar to Jesse Lingard’s excellent West Ham loan last season.
With Rafael Benitez getting the most out of his team at the moment, this appears a good option, in the short term, at least.
With Tanguy Ndombele looking for a way out of Tottenham, Van de Beek could be seen as a replacement in the heart of midfield, even if he is not exactly an all-action replacement for the Frenchman.
He brings more style to a team than Ndombele, though, and with Spurs wanting for class in the centre of the park, he could be seen as a legitimate signing target.
Notably, Fabio Paratici, Tottenham’s sporting director, is a fan.
Juventus have been linked with a move for Van de Beek by Calciomercato, pointing out that they were interested in the player in 2019, a year before he left Ajax for Man Utd.
Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni is regarded as their first choice in the centre of the field, but Van de Beek could offer a cheap alternative for a team strapped for cash.
Centre-back Matthijs de Ligt is a friend of Van de Beek’s and could be leverage to get him to leave Man Utd for Juventus.
Another option in Serie A are the champions Inter, yet their cash-strapped status means that there is no guarantee they could afford a move.
Indeed, it is suggested that they may only be interested in a loan deal with a right to purchase. This is unlikely to be the type of deal that interests Man Utd while there are cash buyers on the market.
Inter do, however, have the advantage of not being a direct rival to Man Utd.
So signing anyone is a long shot for Barcelona right now given their finances, but Van de Beek is a player doubtless on their radar, not least because of the strong Dutch influence at the club presently.
In order for a deal to even stand a chance of going through, Barca will have to offload players – Aymeric Laporte and Samuel Umtiti are still not wanted by head coach Ronald Koeman – and broker a loan agreement.
The evidence of the summer suggests it is a long shot, and may only be possible if by some miracle Koeman remains in charge. Nevertheless, it should not be discounted entirely.