Manchester United close to sign Ajax’s Donny van de Beek

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solkjaer is close to his first summer transfer signing ahead of the Premier League 2020/21 season campaign.

Reports claim that the Premier League outfits have agreed to a £40m deal with Ajax for the services of midfielder Donny van de Beek.

The 23-year-old Dutch international is set to complete a medical in the next few days.

United have been heavily linked with the versatile player who can play at the centre of the midfield or fall deeply when needed.

He was close to joining Real Madrid but the impact of coronavirus pandemic saw United leapfrog the Galacticos due to financial crisis at the club.

La Liga rivals Barcelona were also favourites to sign the wonderkid with Tottenham also eying the situation of van de Beek.

Van de Beek is expected to pen a five-year contract at Old Trafford with a one-year options contract extension with the Red Devils.

Ajax Chief Executive Edwin van der Sar said the sensational player would leave Johan Cruyff Arena but only for a suitable fee.

Following the departure of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs De Ligt to Barcelona and Juventus respectively, van de Beek was a target for other European clubs in 2018/19 campaign but decided to remain with the club for two more seasons.

Recently, Chelsea signed Hakim Ziyech, the Moroccan international from Ajax and now van de Beek is poised to leave the club.

The arrival of van de Beek to the Theatre of Dreams would see the departure of Jesse Lingard amd Andreas Perreira.

Bruno Fernandes has described the move for the Dutch midfielder as sesational and would beef up the United squad.

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