Donny van de Beek lined up for perfect move away from Man Utd to reignite his career
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Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek could be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer, with the midfielder set to re-join former club Ajax.
The 25-year-old Dutch international signed for United in the summer of 2020 under former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær following several impressive seasons with Ajax, including the 2018/19 campaign when he was an integral part of the club’s memorable run to the Champions League semi-finals where they were narrowly edged out by Tottenham Hotspur.
Since arriving in England, however, van de Beek, a graduate of Ajax’s famed youth academy, has struggled to nail down a place in the Red Devils’ midfield.
In the 2022 January transfer window, he was sent on loan to Everton, where he made seven appearances for the Toffees, scoring one goal in a 5-1 defeat to Arsenal.
He was reunited with his former manager when Erik ten Hag landed the job at Old Trafford last summer, and made ten appearances under his compatriot before sustaining a season-ending knee injury against Bournemouth in January.
And it now appears the talented technician could be on his way back to Holland this summer, according to Football Insider.
The outlet revealed van de Beek could be one of eight players to leave United as part of a mass overhaul at the end of the campaign, with Ajax, currently second in the Eredivisie, keen to resign their former player.
The midfielder’s contract runs until June 2025, on a reported £120,000-a-week wage that Ajax may struggle to match, although it is believed the Red Devils would accept a £25 million bid for his services in the summer transfer window.
Elsewhere, Scott McTominay has also been linked with a move away in the summer, while Marcel Sabitzer will return to Bayern Munich following the end of his loan spell.
Among the players rumoured to be targets for Ten Hag are Harry Kane, Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse, and Napoli marksman Victor Osimhen as United look to mount a serious title challenge next term.
As a means of bolstering their credentials in the transfer market, Ten Hag will be hoping his side can complete what would be an impressive treble in his first full season in charge. The Red Devils have already lifted the Carabao Cup and are in both the semi-final of the FA Cup and last eight of the Europa League.
They currently sit fifth in the Premier League, level on points with Tottenham but having played two fewer games.