Manchester United forced to make Donny van de Beek transfer U-turn as two more clubs left in race to sign outcast
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Manchester United have been forced to make a U-turn over Donny van de Beek’s future, with two clubs thought to be in the race to sign the Dutchman.
United spent some £175million on reinforcements before the transfer window shut last Friday, yet the club could still sanction further departures in the coming days in an attempt to balance the books.
And according to ESPN, United’s Van de Beek has attracted interest from two Turkish sides with the Superlig’s transfer window set to close on next week.
Indeed, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are both keen on signing the 19-cap Netherlands international, whose last Premier League outing came back in January.
Van de Beek does not feature in Erik ten Hag’s plans and ESPN claimed while there had been an expectation earlier in the summer that the 26-year-old's departure might generate a fee, there’s an acceptance that Van de Beek may only leave on loan.
The midfielder, who has been left out of United’s 25-man squad for the Champions League group stage, failed to secure a Deadline Day move to Lorient, while Real Sociedad were also reportedly said to be among the player’s admirers.
The journalist said: "I think it's clear that Donny van de Beek is not part of Erik ten Hag's plans, but time is running out in various windows, so Manchester United are scrambling to try and find a late solution.
“The club's preference would be to offload van de Beek, but it hasn't been routine. The main interest has come from Turkey and there have been some enquiries from Saudi Arabia, but it's a race against the clock.
“Manchester United might be stuck with van de Beek unless they can find a quick and late solution. I think that they may have to surrender on price and, also, they may have to decide to accept a loan with an option or an obligation in order to make something work.
“There is still a possibility that we will get some late movement with van de Beek, but he's not been the easiest player for Manchester United to find a solution for."