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Manchester United monitoring Ajax left-back as option instead of Alex Telles

Manchester United are reportedly monitoring Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico and an alternative option to FC Porto left-back Alex Telles, who has been linked to the Old Trafford club this summer, according to The Sun. It was reported on Friday evening that Telles had agreed on personal terms with United, however, reports of that unravelled within an hour with United interested in the Brazilian along with Paris Saint-German, who are also interested in adding a left-back to their squad this summer.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seeking a new left-back to add some competition to Luke Shaw at the Old Trafford club what with the player losing form, not attacking enough, and his injury record is not good enough for a first team player. With Shaw better than Brandon Williams, which is based on experience more than talent, Shaw will not really be challenged and the best team have competition for places. United need this across the entirety of the pitch in order to become successful once again.

United were originally linked to Sergio Reguilon, who eventually signed for Tottenham Hotspur with United not willing to accept a buyback clause as part of the deal. Telles, 27, was another option and personally would be the best option out of him and Reguilon based on the fact he can score goals, although the player should not be judged on his 13 goals and 12 assists last season. United are in negotiations for Telles with Porto for the player who is into the last year of his contract at the club.

Tagliafico is free to leave Ajax this summer as long as his £23 million fee is met and United have a good relationship with the Dutch club, having bought Donny van de Beek from the club earlier this summer, who is United’s only summer signing this year so far with just over 12 days of the summer transfer window remaining and United having a lot to do in the market, if they actually plan anything other than reading speculation. Tagliafico, 28, was on the radar of Leicester City, who sold Ben Chilwell to Chelsea earlier this summer, but they signed Timothy Castagne instead.

The 28-year-old is contracted at Ajax until the summer of 2022 and during the 2019/20 season, which was cut short for the club because of the coronavirus pandemic, made a total of 38 appearances for the club, scoring five goals and seven assists. This season, Tagliafico has made just one appearance for his club, playing 27 minutes in the 1-0 victory over Sparta Rotterdam before being sent off. Atletico Madrid have been interested in the left-back but their financial problems will make it difficult for them.

Porto would require £23 million for Telles this summer, a similar fee to that of Tagliafico and with Ajax ready to part with the player and the fact United have already dealt with the club already this summer, it might be a deal that can be done quickly, ad Ed Woodward and Matt Judge seem to take their time. It must take them hours to pick their pants and socks of a morning with them being indecisive, or just plain moronic. Time is running out for United and this transfer window looks to be the worst post-Sir Alex Ferguson, with United likely to face a tough season with lessons to be learned again, but nothing will be learned. Eat. Sleep, Repeat.

Written by John Walker

Donny van de Beek completes medical; father hails dream transfer

Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek has reportedly completed his medical ahead of his £37.5 million transfer from the Dutch club this summer. The medical was completed in the Netherlands with Sky Sports reporting that the 23-year-old could avoid quarantine in the United Kingdom if the move is completed by Friday. The player passed his medical, according to The Sun, with no outstanding issues, which is a good sign. The player will have to choose another number at the Old Trafford club though.

Van de Beek wore the number six shirt at Ajax, a number which is worn by Paul Pogba at the Old Trafford club. It is not likely to be something that will cause any problems with the transfer but seems to be something that the media have put out to mean something, which is pointless. The father of the midfielder, Andre van de Beek spoke to Dutch news source omroepgelderland.nl regarding his son’s transfer to United, talking about it being a dream come true, saying:

“This is a dream come true. It’s the perfect moment for him to make this step to such a beautiful club.

“Many clubs were interested, but Donny decides himself.”

Tottenham Hotspur were said to have made a move on the eleventh hour to sign the Dutchman but it was too late for them to get something done with a move to United all but completed at the time. Real Madrid and Barcelona were also interested in the player but the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic might be the major reason in the two Spanish clubs not getting involved in the transfer of the 23-year-old this summer, which will no doubt be a blow for them.

Van de Beek was called up for the Netherlands squad for their upcoming internationals against Poland (Friday 4 September) and Italy (Monday 7 September) which will be matches that United supporters will be able to see the clubs new signing playing for the first time, ahead of the 2020/21 Premier League started, which will be a week later for United who will start at Old Trafford against Crystal Palace on Saturday 19 September all because United participated in the latter stages of the UEFA Europa League this summer.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believed that the 23-year-old is the right kind of singing for the club and fits the profile and cost in what will be a difficult transfer window for the Old Trafford club. The player had reportedly told his friends that he would be signing for United this summer with them being the only club offering the €40 million that Ajax wanted for the player to be able to leave the club. The player made 37 appearances for Ajax last season, scoring 10 goals and 11 assists, which would be an improvement to United’s midfield if he can achieve similar at United.

Written by John Walker

Donny van de Beek’s Manchester United move closer as £35.7 million fee agreed

Manchester United are close to completing the signing of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek after a bid of £35.7 million (€40 million) plus add-ons has been agreed, according to reports by Ed Aarons and Fabrizio Romano in the Guardian. The player will conclude his transfer in the coming week and ben announced as a United player. Real Madrid and Barcelona were said to be interested in the Netherlands international this summer. Earlier on Sunday, it was reported that the player had told his friends about the transfer.

United seem to have done a lot of the legwork in this deal earlier this year, despite it not looking like that at the moment in time with the transfer window having been open for a month and nothing of note happening. United have been known to be slow in signing players and will need to ensure they quicken the pace in the future. Van de Beek has been linked to the club for a while now which seems to be coming to a close with a successful signing seemingly taking place.

The Mirror have reported that Tottenham Hotspur attempted to make an eleventh hour deal to sign the Dutch international this summer but United pushed through with their chief negotiator Matt Judge sealing the agreement and Spurs missing out on another target to United – the last being Bruno Fernandes, who Spurs were heavily linked with last summer, as well as United and earlier this year before the Portuguese midfielder eventually signed for United.

During the 2019/20 season, Van de Beek made a total of 37 appearances for Ajax, playing in the Eredivisie, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League, the TOTO KNVB Beker, and the Johan Cruijff Schaal. He scored 10 goals and 11 assists during the course of the season, playing in his last game of the season, a 3-1 victory over Heerenveen before the coronavirus pandemic suspended world football with the Eredivisie being cancelled with no team winning the league for the season.

Van de Beek can play as an attacking midfielder and in the central midfield position, which will give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer some options ahead of the 2020/21 season, which could well be a good one for United, especially if they manager to sign a winger and a central defender, as a minimum. United will always be linked to different players, which is great for the club but the majority will either be clubs and agents using United or journalists creating stories based on nothing, which could end with sufficient clicks to website, other clubs signing the player then another story showing how United missed out, which has been common in the past eight years or so.

Prior to this deal being reached, the 23-year-old was removed from the Ajax squad ahead of a friendly with German side Eintracht Frankfurt, which Ajax won 2-1 and a 2-2 draw against Union Berlin on Sunday. Ajax manager, Eric Ten Hag, reported by the Guardian, stated:

“There are indeed developments that keep him out of the selection. We will see what happens. We’ll make an announcement as soon as there’s some clarity.

“The fact that Donny did not play does indicate a direction. The request not to let him play did not come specifically from one side. We do that together.

“Agreements have been made about a possible transfer, and if that possibility arises you must also cooperate.”

Written by John Walker

Donny van de Beek speculation hots up with Manchester United finalising summer transfer – reports

Manchester United could be on the cusp of signing their first player of the summer with Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek. According to The Sun, the 23-year-old was left out of the Ajax squad with manager Erik ten Hag citing ‘developments’ regarding the future of the player so he missed the pre-season friendly against Eintracht Frankfurt, a 2-1 victory for the home side. It was suggested that both Barcelona and Real Madrid were also interested in signing the midfielder this summer.

However, according to ESPN’s Alex Shaw, United are the frontrunners for the Dutchman this summer. This is a good sign for United, who are obviously seeking to sign a central defender, a midfielder and a winger this summer, which will go a long way to solving some of the problems regarding quality in the overall squad. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a decent starting XI but when rotation needs to happen, the quality of those players coming in are a massive decline based on the past season.

Ten Hag speaking about Van de Beek being left out of the squad, said:

“There are indeed developments that prevent him from being in the selection.

“We are looking at how that will end.”

Earlier this year, before the coronavirus pandemic, it was reported that the Dutchman was on his way to Real Madrid this summer in a deal that could have been worth £47 million. However, the financial repercussions of the pandemic has caused ongoing problems for clubs this summer with the Madrid side suggesting that they would not make any big signings this summer, concentrating on trimming the fat and getting rid of the players that are not longer required at the club.

Van de Beek is a player that has been linked with an exit from Ajax, as many players do in search of moving onto a higher level of the game. United have a good relationship with Ajax, especially with former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar being the clubs CEO. The now retired goalkeeper once stated that the player could leave the club this summer for the right price, presumably not allowing the player to leave on the cheap, despite the financial after effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

If United actually sign Van de Beek this summer, it could give Solskjaer a fantastic midfield with Bruno Fernandes, 25, Paul Pogba, 27, Van de Beek, 23, Nemanja Matic, 32 and Scott McTominay, 23 as the main midfielders in the squad with Andreas Pereira and Fred both linked with an exit from the Old Trafford club this summer. There will be scope to add a sixth player to the midfield from the academy with James Garner and Dylan Levitt both performing well and the likes of Hannibal Mejbri coming through the ranks.

Written by John Walker

Donny van de Beek awaits Premier League offers; Manchester United should make a move now

Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek expects to leave the Dutch champions this summer and has seemingly got his heart set on a move to the Premier League. The player was all set to leave for Real Madrid if the coronavirus pandemic had not made an appearance in 2020, if reports were to be believed. That said, the player is waiting for offers from Premier League clubs, according to Sky Sports, despite the player being happy to remain at Ajax past the 5 October closure of the summer transfer window.

Back in May, former United goalkeeper and current Ajax chief executive office Edwin van der Sar confirmed that Van de Beek, 23, would be allowed to leave the club the summer, as long as a suitable fee was paid. Despite the reports regarding a move to Madrid, the player had not signed a contract or had a medical at the club prior to the coronavirus hitting Europe in March which saw football leagues suspended with almost immediate effect. The Eredivisie was cancelled with no champions for the 2019/20 season.

Van de Beek will consider a move to the Premier League, like many Dutch players have in the past. United have a good relationship with Ajax, especially with Van der Sar at the club. No offers have been made for the player as yet so perhaps this report will get interested clubs to notice, reminding them that the player is available at the right price this summer. Ajax would rather a deal be done before the 13 September, which marks the start of the 2020/21 season for them. United do not respond well to deadlines though.

In June, Ajax manager Eric Ten Hag confirmed to the media that Van de Beek, Nicolas Tagliafico and Andre Onana could all leave the club this summer. The manager spoke to Dutch news source Het Parool, confirming that the club could cash in on the trio this summer, possibly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. It could well be a blow for Ajax, but when you look back at the player they have sold, they always seem to do well out of it, giving a new youth player a chance to shine, ultimately they do. Ten Hag said:

“The transfer market will start in August. The top leagues are now being played out, so the money flows are maintained. The market value of players will be slightly depressed, but not much.

“Based on their performance and ambition, a number of our players also want to make the move abroad. Agreements have been made with Andre Onana, Donny van de Beek and Nicolás Tagliafico, but it remains to be seen whether the market is indeed breaking loose.

“For Onana and Van de Beek, another year of Ajax could certainly be an option, for Tagliafico it is slightly different because of his age.”

Van de Beek’s contract at Ajax will expire during the summer of 2022, so this will be the last summer that the club could maximise the selling price for the player. The 23-year-old can play in central midfield or in attacking midfield, so will bring creativity, should he be signed. During the 2019/20 season, the player made a total of 37 appearances, scoring 10 goals and 11 assists, which if the same happened at United, would see Van der Beek as a better option that Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard at United.

Written by John Walker

Donny van de Beek will be allowed to leave Ajax this summer, along with many other players says Erik ten Hag

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has admitted that Donny van de Beek could leave the Dutch club this summer, along with some of his teammates. The 23-year-old has been linked to Manchester United over the past few months, along with interest from the club last summer with rumours linking Paul Pogba with an exit from the Old Trafford club

United are reportedly interested in signing a creative midfielder this summer and the Dutchman is supposedly high on their transfer list this summer. The player was linked to Real Madrid, but it is suggested that the Spanish club will not be making any major signings this summer, presumably because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Former United goalkeeper and Ajax chief executive officer Edwin van der Sar has also confirmed United’s interested in the midfielder ahead of the summer transfer window, along with that of Real Madrid. The player has two-years remaining on his current contract, so that gives Ajax an advantage this summer. Van der Sar said:

“It’s clear that clubs like Real Madrid and United are showing interest in Donny van de Beek.”

It is reported that along with Van de Beek, Andre Onana and Nicolas Tagliafico could be set to depart Ajax this summer, which would be a big blow for the club, but in recent years they seem to have done well by replacing departed players with players from the academy, seemingly always falling on their feet and creating more stars. Ten Hag said:

“The transfer market will start in August – the top leagues are now being played out, so the money flows are maintained.

“The market value of players will be slightly depressed, but not much. Based on their performance and ambition, a number of our players also want to make the move abroad.

“Agreements have been made with Andre Onana, Donny van de Beek and Nicolas Tagliafico, but it remains to be seen whether the market is indeed breaking loose.

“For Onana and Van de Beek, another year of Ajax could certainly be an option, for Tagliafico it is slightly different because of his age.”

This season, Van de Beek made a total of 37 appearances for Ajax despite the season being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic despite other leagues around Europe having plans to resume at a later date. He has scored 10 goals and 11 assists. He could add something to United’s midfield but with Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay and Fred already all vying for positions in the squad.

Manchester United to sacrifice Andreas Pereira to sign Donny van de Beek this summer – reports

Manchester United will apparently sacrifice Andreas Pereira in order to sign Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek this summer, according to reports. The 23-year-old Dutchman has been chased by Real Madrid but reports of the club not making any big signings this summer has seemingly given United a lead for the player.

United are also interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Kai Havertz, despite the player being heavily linked to Chelsea this summer with the club having reached an agreement with German international teammate Timo Werner, snatching the player from the clutches of Liverpool, who probably didn’t want him now.

It is said that United scouted both Havertz and Van de Beek before the coronavirus suspended world football in mid-March. United will be left to make a decision whether to fight Chelsea for Havertz or sign Van de Beek, who is also an exciting player. A player would have to leave the club for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bring in another midfielder this summer.

Solskjaer is said to be a fan of both players and feels that they would slot ‘seamlessly slot in to the ambitious, hungry, young dynamic he’s created in United’s dressing room’. This seems all very positive after a turbulent summer transfer window last year, however, it will probably be the same with added drama, like there is every transfer window.

The Norwegian manager has been told that he would need to sell in order to buy another midfielder this summer, which has put Pereira into the spotlight after another poor season at the club. In 37 appearances this season, he has scored two goals and four assists, which is better than Jesse Lingard but just not good enough at all for a club like United.

Pereira signed a new contract last summer, which expires in the summer of 2023, albeit with an option to add another year. It could be problematic forcing the player out of the club and there would need to be suitors for the player. He will be surplus to requirements with Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic at the club, not to mention Havertz or Van de Beek too.

Donny van de Beek would be a shrewd addition for Manchester United, says Ronald de Boer

Netherlands legend Ronald de Boer has openly discussed Manchester United’s chances of signing Donny van de Beek this summer with Real Madrid seemingly pulling out of the race due to the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic which suspended world football in mid-March. The Eredivisie was cancelled with other leagues starting already.

With the Premier League season resuming next week, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had time to sort out the clubs summer transfer plans. Many players have been linked to United, most of them will not sign for the club. Real Madrid were tipped to sign Van de Beek for £44.5 million this summer, before reports of them not making any signings.

This has led United to be in pole position for the Dutch midfielder this summer. The 23-year-old has done well at Ajax, scoring 10 goals and 11 assists in 37 appearances during the 2019/20 season, scoring 41 goals and 34 assists in 175 appearances since making his debut during the 2015/16 season, which shows the ability of the player in his position.

De Boer clearly knows his stuff in the football industry and will know just how good a player the 23-year-old is, also wanting the best for him when he eventually leaves the club, which could well be this summer, with many teams interested in him last summer. The Dutch legend spoke to Fox Sports about the player, saying:

“When you hear these clubs pass by, I know your heart will beat faster. Maybe this train will never pass by anymore for him.

“If Real Madrid again decide not to report themselves at Donny, then I can understand it if he decides to go to Manchester United instead.

“On the one hand, I understand that Real Madrid are hesitating a bit.

“Another club could think, ‘hey, an interesting player, maybe we can get him for a little less’. For example Manchester United.

“Solskjaer has indicated that he wants to go in a new direction and wants players who are humble, their heart is with the club, a team player.

“I think he is tired of the Pogba’s running around. He wants players like Donny van de Beek.”

It will remain to be seen as to whether United are interested in signing the player this summer, which would be a good opportunity if Real Madrid have ruled themselves out. Former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar only confirmed the interest a few days ago. Where would Van de Beek play? Will at least one midfielder leave the club this summer?

Donny van de Beek has Manchester United ‘proposal’ as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks transfer – reports

Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek has apparently received a proposal from Manchester United ahead of a possible summer transfer to the Old Trafford club, according to reports. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seemingly on a mission to secure the signature of the 23-year-old this summer, despite the player being linked to Real Madrid, who apparently have no money.

Real Madrid mouthpiece, Marca, has reported that United seem to have stepped up their interest in Van de Beek ahead of the summer transfer window opening, which could commence in August until October this year because of the coronavirus pandemic which suspended world football. Real Madrid were hoping to sign the player for £49 million.

It has been reported that the Madrid club will not be making any big signings this summer, which has opened the door for United, or indeed any other club that has an interest in signing the player this summer. United might offer £36 million for the 23-year-old, which would be a good fee for Ajax, who might push for more.

Ajax CEO and former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has confirmed United’s interest in the 23-year-old this summer, which kind of aligns with the reported interest, which is a good thing as many players linked with a move do not have the same background in that reports can be corroborated as fact. Speaking to NOS, Van der Sar said:

“It’s clear that clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester United are showing interest in Donny van de Beek.”

Van de Beek has two years remaining on his current contract at Ajax, so the club is not desperate to sell him this summer, although it might be the best time to get a good deal. Many clubs have been linked to the player. He has scored 41 goals in 175 appearances at Ajax and helped his team reach the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League last season.

The 23-year-old plays as an attacking midfielder (19 appearances) or as a central midfielder (18 appearances), scoring seven goals this season from the deeper position, assisting three times, scoring three goals from the advanced position, assisting eight times. It would be interesting to see what happens of Solskjaer signs him. Will a player leave or will the formation change?

Manchester United to ‘hijack’ £49 million move for Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek – reports

Manchester United are apparently going to hijack Real Madrid’s move for £49 million Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, according to reports. However, it is suggested that the Old Trafford club would offer £13 million less than the Spanish club, seeing as they have seemingly stalled in their move for the player.

It was last season when the 23-year-old showed his ability in the game which helped the Dutch club reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Van de Beek has been linked to United a few times, especially last summer when rumours suggested that Paul Pogba would be leaving the club, however, that never happened.

The midfielder has seen team-mates Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt both leave Barcelona and Juventus whilst Hakim Ziyech will join Chelsea when the transfer window opens this summer. The Daily Mail has reported that Real Madrid were seeking to sign the player for £49 million this summer but the coronavirus pandemic may have stopped that.

The pandemic has caused many problems for football clubs since mid-March when world football was suspended and despite the fact that the Bundesliga has already resumed with La Liga, the Premier League and Serie A all resuming this month, fans being kept out of stadiums will mean more financial problems for clubs around the world.

It is suggested that Real Madrid may have stalled their approach for the player because of the coronavirus, seemingly not having the luxury to bring in wholesale changes this summer, which could be good news for or other clubs interested in signing the player. Since coming through the academy at Ajax, Van de Beek has scored 41 goals in 175 appearances.

United could well try and sign the player for £36 million this summer, which is not quite the £49 million that Real Madrid could have been offering but it still a good return for the player. If United have to reduce the fees of players this summer, other clubs will have to do the same. It could well be an interesting summer.

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