Donny van de Beek: Everton close to signing midfielder on loan from Man Utd despite interest from Crystal Palace | Transfer Center News

Everton are set to sign Donny van de Beek on loan after agreeing a deal with Manchester United.

The Dutch international’s salary will be fully paid by the Toffees, who won’t have the option to make his transfer permanent.

Crystal Palace and Valencia were also in talks to sign Van de Beek during the January transfer window, but he opted for a move to Goodison Park.

Palace entered into negotiations with United after Dennis Bergkamp – the father of Van de Beek’s partner – sparked talks.

Palace boss Patrick Vieira was pushing for a deal after former Arsenal team-mate Bergkamp contacted him about Van de Beek, who is in a relationship with the Dutchman’s daughter Estelle, the couple expecting their first child this year.

Valencia were also in talks with United over the 24-year-old, but there were doubts whether the Spanish side could cover his wages.

Van de Beek has struggled to break into the first team at Old Trafford since a £39million move from Ajax in the summer of 2020.

He has been a largely peripheral figure under current caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick and former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite making his debut as a goalscorer for the club.

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Van de Beek’s only goal this season came in United’s 4-1 defeat at Watford – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last game before he was sacked

Van de Beek is believed to have felt let down by Solskjaer after giving him playing time assurances.

But Van de Beek has also struggled to make an impact under Rangnick, having been limited to just 380 minutes of action this season without starting a Premier League game.

He has just two goals and two assists to his name in 50 United appearances.

Van de Beek’s future will be reassessed after the end of the season when United have a new manager in place.

Van de Beek had been the talisman of Ajax’s exciting young side under Erik ten Hag, who reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2019, scoring six goals in the competition and 28 more in over 100 appearances in the Eredivisie.

The midfielder has three and a half years to fulfill his contract at Old Trafford, although United have the option of extending the deal for a further year.

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A fortnight ago Ralf Rangnick said he wanted to keep Van de Beek at United

Analysis: What went wrong at Man Utd?

Donny van de Beek’s arrival at Old Trafford has not been lacking in enthusiasm. Darren Fletcher described it as a “bargain” at £39m. Ole Gunnar Solskajer has spoken of his “fantastic” quality. A giddy Rio Ferdinand called him “Sir Donny” on Twitter.

The 24-year-old had attracted interest from a host of top European clubs at Ajax, with his outstanding performances on their run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019 making him one of the youngsters the most exciting midfielders of the moment.

But his move to Manchester United was a story of frustration and stalled progress. Van de Beek only made four Premier League starts in his debut season. This time around, the Dutch midfielder has yet to make one.

Van de Beek’s biggest hurdle at Manchester United has been the presence of Bruno Fernandes.

Characteristic

Van de Beek played his best football for Ajax in the No.10 position, scoring and creating goals at a terrific pace, but by the time he arrived at Old Trafford in September 2020, Fernandes was firmly established as the player the most. most important United in this position.

The Portugal international had had a transformative impact after arriving from Sporting Lisbon eight months earlier, scoring eight goals and providing seven assists in his first 14 Premier League appearances to help United clinch third place.

It has continued in the same vein ever since.

Fernandes has scored more goals (25) and provided more assists (17) in the Premier League than any other Manchester United player since the start of last season. He also played the most minutes (4,879).

Van de Beek, on the other hand, only played 582 minutes in the same time frame. A player who enjoyed great notoriety at Ajax had to settle for a peripheral role throughout his time at United.

There have been occasional flashes of his quality – most recently with his well-scored goal against Watford in November – but his attacking production has fallen short of Fernandes’ on the rare occasions he’s been thrown over. the side.

For many Manchester United supporters there is frustration that more effort has not been made to welcome Van de Beek elsewhere in the squad, but it has always seemed difficult.

There was no obvious role for him in Solskjaer’s 4-2-3-1 formation – he’s too attacking to play in midfield two, and not quick or powerful enough to fill any of the wide positions – and caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick has now reverted to the same system after unsuccessfully testing a 4-2-2-2 setup after his appointment.

Solskjaer has spoken of Van de Beek and Fernandes complementing each other after the former arrived at the club in 2020, but 18 months later neither he nor Rangnick have found a place for them in the same squad.

Tellingly, they have started just six games together in all competitions since the start of last season.

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