Man Utd: Van de Beek backed to succeed by de Boer
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Manchester United will charge Real Madrid £2million to loan Donny van de Beek to the La Liga giants, according to reports. The Netherlands international struggled upon moving to Old Trafford from Ajax last summer. And a move to Spain could now be on the cards as a result.
Manchester United swooped for Van de Beek a year ago.
After being priced out of a deal for Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish, they then decided to land the Netherlands international instead.
However, Van de Beek endured a problematic first year in the Premier League – spending most of the campaign stuck behind Bruno Fernandes in the pecking order.
With that the case, the Daily Star now claim that Real Madrid are negotiating a potential loan for the 24-year-old.
Los Blancos were initially favourites to sign Van de Beek a year ago but, with their finances impacted by the coronavirus crisis, ultimately opted against a move.
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United then swooped in but, with the midfielder failing to live up to expectations, a temporary exit appears to be on the cards.
It’s claimed that Real will pay £2m to loan the Dutchman, who was cruelly unable to compete at Euro 2020 after injury struck.
And if Van de Beek impresses, the La Liga giants will also have to stump up close enough to the £40m the Red Devils paid for the former Ajax star 12 months ago.
Van de Beek made just four Premier League starts.
And a parting of the ways could suit all parties, especially with United looking at signing another midfielder regardless of what happens.
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Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga is a target, with the 18-year-old sparkling in Ligue 1 over the past two years.
Yet United are also admirers of West Ham star Declan Rice, who has been in fine form for club and country this year.
Van de Beek is said to be happy to stay at United if a move to Spain doesn’t work out, with the 24-year-old determined to prove he’s not a flop.
But the fact United are already negotiating with Real suggests they believe he needs to go, especially with Fernandes primed to start most matches next term.
Speaking recently, former Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart had his say on Van de Beek – and admitted it was time for the midfielder to leave Old Trafford behind.
“He fit perfectly into the Ajax system, but he doesn’t fit at Manchester United,” Van der Vaart said.
“If nobody leaves United [this summer], he will be lucky to get in the starting line-up.
“He is far too good to sit on the bench for two seasons. He needs minutes very quickly. He is still young, but time flies.
“A club like Borussia Dortmund would have been a better step for him. Manchester United might be a step too far for him.”
Another Holland legend, Marco van Basten, also thinks Van de Beek was wrong to leave Ajax.
“It just shows what a great life they have when they play at Ajax,” he said.
“They all think very quickly that they are a big boy here and can make it in other countries, but in the Netherlands, there is a nice competition.
“In a team like Ajax you are really helped, especially in the number 10 position. Then you often see that they go abroad and it is a different story.
“You have to be able to take care of yourself. If you go to a club in another country, you have to be able to present yourself in that team in a way that the others will think: he is one of us and with him we are going to win.”
United are also negotiating with Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, who could leave the Bernabeu for Old Trafford after 10 glittering years of service.
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