Manchester United have made contact over a possible deal for Ajax star Donny van de Beek, reports say. The midfielder is valued at £49million by the Dutch giants having impressed for the club in recent years. But the Netherlands international is supposedly waiting on Barcelona, biding his time to discover what will happen with the future of Lionel Messi.
Manchester United have been linked with Van de Beek for some time.
The Ajax star impressed in their midfield last season as the club retained their Eredivisie title, scoring eight goals and registering five assists from 23 league matches.
United were particularly interested in Van de Beek at a time where it looked as though Paul Pogba would be on his way out of the club and to Real Madrid or Juventus.
With the France international now primed to stay, however, those links have somewhat cooled.
Yet Catalan newspaper Sport say United have made contact over a possible deal for Van de Beek, as well as Premier League rivals Tottenham.
While that’s the case, though, it’s said that Van de Beek would prefer a move to Barcelona – but is waiting to discover the outcome of Messi’s future before making any potential move to the Nou Camp.
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Messi wants to leave Barcelona at the current moment in time having grown frustrated with their decisions in recent years.
The Argentina international feels they’ve recruited poorly, with Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann all disappointing following their moves to Catalonia.
And he’s also unhappy with their decision to appoint Ronald Koeman as Quique Setien’s replacement, believing the Dutchman’s CV doesn’t make him worth of such a huge job.
With Van de Beek, it’s claimed that Real Madrid actually struck an agreement with the 23-year-old last summer over a move to the Bernabeu.
But, with Real failing to step up and complete the deal, the Dutchman could end up moving to United or Barcelona instead.
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Van de Beek isn’t United’s only transfer target at the moment, with Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho still their top priority.
Yet signing the England international has been easier said than done, with the Bundesliga giants insisting their prized asset won’t be going anywhere until his £108m asking price is met in full.
Meanwhile, ESPN pundit Steve Nicol recently opened up on Van de Beek and expressed a belief he’d be a ‘great’ signing for Barcelona as they look to bounce back from a horrendous last season.
Nicol told ESPN FC: “I think it would be great for both him and Barcelona. I think he could go into that middle three, [Arturo] Vidal is past his best.
“Van De Beek can play better passes than Vidal anyway.
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“I think he can get in the box and would score more goals than Vidal. Yeah, this sounds like a smart move for both player and club.”
Van de Beek previously admitted he was relaxed over his future, saying: “It is very messy, in any case a very messy period in terms of transfers.
“Nothing is certain yet. I am still a player of Ajax and I am still proud to be there.
“If there had not been the coronavirus, it might have been different now. There is no clarity now and we have to wait and see how it turns out.
“I’m still here and after all these years I still have a lot of fun. If I also play at Ajax next season, I still have a lot of fun. You won’t hear me complaining.”
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