Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar has confirmed that Manchester United belong to the group of teams interested in snapping up Donny van de Beek
Although Real Madrid seemed to be on the verge of signing the highly-rated Van de Beek, the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic has compromised that deal.
Recent reports have also suggested that Manchester United look to beat Los Blancos to the talented Dutchman, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to bolster his midfield options for the next season.
The uncertainty surrounding Paul Pogba’s future at Old Trafford forces United to consider recruiting a top-class midfielder to boost their chances of securing the Premier League top-four finish next year.
Now, United’s pursuit of Van de Beek has received a confirmation, as the Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar acknowledged the Red Devils interest.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer used Jesse Lingard as a tireless presser, versatile midfielder who links play with deft touches whilst manipulating the space off-the-ball created by the front three.— ً (@utdrobbo) June 7, 2020
Donny van de Beek has the capability to perform this role at #mufc at a much higher level. pic.twitter.com/0Kk6GUJn9G
“It’s clear that clubs like Real Madrid and United are showing interest in Donny van de Beek,” the former United goalkeeper said, as transmitted by the Manchester Evening News.
The 23-year-old shone for Ajax during their stellar 2018/19 campaign, racking up 17 goals and 13 assists in 57 appearances in all competitions to help his team reach the Champions League semi-finals.
But, Van de Beek carried his predatory form to the 2019/20 season, contributing ten goals and chipping in with 11 assists before the coronavirus pandemic gripped football.
Widely regarded as one of the most exciting young prospects in Europe, the Netherlands international is expected to move on in the summer and could potentially follow in the footsteps of Hakim Ziyech, who has already signed for one Premier League side, Chelsea.