According to a reliable Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United outcast Donny Van de Beek has huge chances of departing the club in January.
A product of the Ajax youth system, the Netherlands international, 24, signed for Manchester United last summer after being a key figure for the Eredivisie club’s first-team for four years. The midfielder managed only four Premier League starts throughout his debut campaign at Old Trafford.
And it appears Donny Van de Beek is yet to earn manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s trust at the club, playing only six minutes of Premier League football this term and has not made a single appearance for the Red Devils since featuring in the 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham.
The Dutch midfielder continues to see a winter move mooted as he is struggling to earn a starting berth at Manchester United. Without further ado, let’s take a look at three potential destinations for Van de Beek.
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Where Van de Beek can continue his career?
1. AC Milan
AC Milan have enjoyed a really good start to the season and sit second on the Serie A table with four successive wins on the spin.
The Italian giants have some pacey, agile and athletic forwards in their ranks but they do lack a creative presence who can carve open defences with his incisive passing and smart vision. A creative midfielder like Donny Van de Beek could be of great help for AC Milan, as he’ll add creativity, energy and dynamism to Stefano Pioli’s side.
In Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ante Rebic, Olivier Giroud and Rafael Leao, the Rossoneri do have some top-quality forwards who can change games in a blink of an eye. Add Van de Beek to the mix and the forwards would enjoy more service than they get from the current crop of players.
Everton boss Rafael Benitez has a lot of options in the midfield but it does not mean that he should give up the opportunity to strengthen his squad even further during the January transfer window.
Donny Van de Beek is a versatile midfielder who has a knack for scoring goals and is also disciplined enough off the ball to fulfil his fair share of defensive duties. Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan have formed a strong midfield pairing at Everton this season but Van de Beek will offer something different than the duo to the Toffees with his passing and movement.
Everton wanted to sign the Dutchman on loan in the summer but Man United refused to strike a deal. Now that Van de Beek is struggling to get minutes, the January transfer window would be the perfect time for the Royal Blues to reignite their interest in the player.
3. Real Madrid
Real Madrid have some big names like Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro in midfield, players who have won it all for the club.
However, with Modric, one of the best number 10 football players in the world, turning 36 last month and Kroos recently making his return from a long injury layoff, the Los Blancos must reduce the burden off their shoulders by signing another central midfielder after the addition of talented Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes in the summer.
To that end, Donny Van de Beek would be a good fit at Real. Technically gifted and tactically versatile, Van de Beek can control the tempo of the game in the middle of the park and chip in with goals for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Also, the Netherlands international could be a real match-winner for the Spanish giants, whose main aim lie in wrestling back the La Liga title from cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid this season.
I am Rohan Sengupta from one of the busiest cities in India, Mumbai. A Journalism graduate with a keen interest in sports, football is something I simply cannot live without and writing, discussing and analyzing the game is what I do 24*7.