Boost for Manchester United in the pursuit of Donny van de Beek
According to Het Parool (h/t MEN), Manchester United have received a boost in their pursuit of Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Donny van de Beek.
This comes following the admission by Ajax manager Erik ten Hag that there is an agreement in place between the player and the club that he can leave this summer.
United are keen to add creativity to their midfield with Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish the primary target.
Van de Beek is also on the list as confirmed by former United star and Edwin van der Sar. Valued at £40m, he will cost significantly lesser than Jack Grealish. (h/t Metro)
Ten Hag has also added that another year at Ajax could remain an option for his star midfielder. It remains to be seen if that will be the case.
Van de Beek had scored 10 goals and 11 assists this season prior to football being suspended. The season has now been declared null and void, making his efforts pointless.
Van de Beek came through the youth ranks at Ajax. He has gone on to make 175 appearances for the club, bagging 41 goals and 34 assists.
The Dutchman caught the club’s eye in Ajax’s run to the UEFA Champions League semifinals in 2018. He scored key goals against both Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur, leading his side to within seconds of qualifying for the final.
United have strengthened their midfield with the addition of Bruno Fernandes. Adding Van de Beek alongside him and Paul Pogba will make us a force to reckon with.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Anthony Martial that are plenty of players in world football that would happily take his spot as the Red Devils’ centre forward.
Martial was moved inside from the left-wing to become the club’s focal point following Romelu Lukaku’s £73m move to Inter Milan last summer.
The Frenchman was given his old number 9 shirt in recognition of the move and he’s certainly cut a happier figure this term, scoring 19 times in 37 appearances for the club in what is his best scoring campaign in a red shirt.
Solskjaer admits he’s delighted with Martial’s progress and says the Frenchman has listened to his advice, particularly when it comes to scoring ‘scrappy’ goals in and around the six-yard box.
However, the Norwegian has warned Martial that he must continue to make progress because there are players both inside and outside the club that could take his position.
‘We’ll keep challenging him [Martial],’ said Solskjaer.
‘There are always players in and around the team – and outside the club – who would want to be No. 9 for Manchester United.
‘He’s playing with a smile on his face. Anthony has had a really good season, he’s been really important for us. We felt it during the couple of months he was out injured; we struggled
‘He knows that we trust him. He knows that we’ll have patience with him and that we’ll keep working with him. He’s [Martial] a good finisher but it’s about being in and around the right positions. He’s developed more and more in terms of getting into that penalty area and closer to the goal.
‘We do a lot of work in finishing groups and sessions but it’s also down to him to be mentally sharp and ready. We’ve always known he’s a quality player and highly, highly skilful.’
United were desperate to sign Norway striker Erling Haaland in the January transfer window but the forward chose Bundesliga giants Dortmund instead.
That led to Solskjaer signing Odion Ighalo on an emergency loan, which was extended by an extra six months in early July due to the pandemic.
Nevertheless, United are not expected to sign the Nigerian on a permanent deal and want to sign a youngster striker to compete with Martial
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood can still be “so much better”, with the Manchester United manager open to further strengthening his attack.
The Old Trafford giants are on course to have two players hit the 20-goal mark in the same campaign since since Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez in 2010-11.
Martial’s maiden hat-trick took him level with Rashford on 19 goals, while 18-year-old academy graduate Greenwood has found the net 13 times in a superb breakthrough season.
The trio have stepped up after Solskjaer allowed Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to depart for Inter Milan last summer, but the former striker’s happiness comes with a hunger for them to kick on again.
“Romelu’s a very good goalscorer – he’ll score goals in any team that he plays in,” the United boss said. “It was time now for him to move on and pursue other dreams.
“For us, as a group, it was time to allow our forwards to feel that confidence and feel that almost demand of playing and being demanded that you play every game, two, three, four games, five, six, seven games on the bounce and perform.
“Because in the end that’s how you get to another level, a different level.
“I think all three that we have talked about have had a good development this season – but they can be so much better.
“All three, I’m still waiting to see them blossom because there’s parts of their game that they still need to improve on.”
Solskjaer said he has “always had faith” in the trio, who he believes have improved with trust and have taken responsibility at different stages of the season.
Odion Ighalo arrived on loan in January to bolster those attacking options and the 1999 treble hero says the strikers know his desire for them to improve comes with a need to “make decisions for the team and the club”.
After over three months without it, the Premier League made its return almost a fortnight ago.
Since its return we have seen a hat-trick from Manchester United star Anthony Martial, witnessed goal-line technology fail for the first ever and Liverpool have laid their hands on their first-ever Premier League title, ending 30 years of hurt.
Whilst actual football may have finally made its return, transfer talk is still a hot topic, as we move closer and closer towards the next window opening for business.
With that in mind, here is a round-up of all the very latest Premier League transfer rumours.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he expects Angel Gomes to leave the club this week.
The 19-year-old forward has failed to agree a new deal at Old Trafford and his current agreement is due to expire on Tuesday evening, making him available for a free transfer.
, Solskjaer confirmed he expects to see him exit: "Got no news, So doesn't look like it. To be honest, I've not heard from them last night or this morning.
“It seems like they haven't managed to agree so the answer is probably short and yes, then.”
Liverpool lead the chase for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to
The Senegal international has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United and Manchester City among those previously attributed with an interest in his services.
However, newly-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool are now said to be in the driving seat for the 29-year-old as they look to bolster their defensive line and provide a new partner for Virgil van Dijk.
A deal for Koulibaly would not be easy to secure those, as it’s suggested he has a mammoth €100m asking price.
Manchester City are to sign Juventus talent Pablo Moreno in a deal that will see Felix Correira move to Turin,
Spain U18 international Moreno will reportedly have a medical in Manchester this week and the former Barcelona La Masia academy graduate will pen a four-year deal with Pep Guardiola’s side.
As part of the deal, Portugal U19 international Correira, who joined City from Sporting in 2019, will move in the opposite direction.
Correira has spent the season on loan with Eredivisie outfit AZ Alkmaar, contributing three goals and five assists for their U21 side.
Everton and West Ham could be alerted by the availability of Torino defender Ola Aina, CalcioMercato states.
The former Chelsea youngster has caught the eye since moving to the Serie A side in a €10m deal, reportedly attracting the interest of Everton and West Ham in the process.
Now, an opportunity to sign the full-back could emerge as it’s stated that Torino will listen to offers when the transfer market opens.
However, they are looking to recoup the fee they paid Chelsea for his services previously and a decline in form for Aina this season could affect interest.