Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is considering a January move for Ajax attacking midfielder Donny van de Beek, according to ESPN.
Solskjaer is pushing executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to secure reinforcements for an underperforming Man United squad that has struggled for consistency and is now beset by injuries to key players.
The United board has given Solskjaer the go-ahead to do business in January but the boss admitted after United’s 3-1 defeat to Man City in the EFL Cup semifinal 1st leg that “if it isn’t the right thing, we won’t do anything”, alluding to a desire to avoid the mistakes of recent windows.
After a brief pursuit of teenage striker Erling Haaland, who ultimately signed for Borussia Dortmund from FC Salzburg, United is turning its attention to van de Beek. The Dutch champions failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League and Solskjaer is hoping that this provides leverage for a move.
Ajax values the 22-year-old Netherlands international in excess of £50m, and he was instrumental in their run to the Champions League semifinals last season. However, Ajax’s loss of revenue and prize money owing to their exit at the group stages of this season’s Champions League means that they are vulnerable to offers from Europe’s elite clubs for their best players, and van De Beek falls into this category.
United has identified a versatile, young attacking midfielder as a top priority and, again, van De Beek fits the bill. The Dutchman has scored eight goals in 26 games from midfield this season.
Solskjaer is also known to be an admirer of Ajax’s Moroccan playmaker Hakim Ziyech.
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