04/10/2021; 1:04 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
A move to Manchester United is seen as an upgrade for many players in the world of football. For Van de Beek, it has been far from that.
The player made his name as a class-attacker in Ajax and moved to Old Trafford with a big reputation on his shoulders. One year later and the Dutchman has seen his stock drop to the barest minimum.
Given the attacking talent on display at Manchester United at the time, many questioned the signing of Van de Beek. And this questioning went on to be justified as the attacker struggled for game time, making only four the whole of last season.
The 24-year-old was eager to leave the club during the summer but managed to get convinced by head coach Ole Solskjaer. The Norwegian manager promised the player ample game time this season, and many had positive hopes for the Dutch star.
However, the Red Devils went on to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, and it was evident competition for spots would even get tougher. We reported at the time how Van de Beek’s camp reacted to United’s signing of Ronaldo.
Fast forward to the present, and the 24-year-old has seen only six minutes of Premier League action so far. With all of that in mind, the player could be seeking an exit from the club as early as January, claims reports.
According to Calciomercato, as cited by The Mirror, Van de Beek’s agent, Guido Albers, is now actively in search of a new club for his client.
From the onset, Guido had always been vocal about poor treatment to the player amid a continued lack of game time.
The most recent came when Van De Beek was made to warm up in United’s 2-1 Champions League victory over Villarreal. Despite warming up, Fred came on instead of the Dutchman, who was visibly enraged on the bench.
Donny van de Beek was visibly frustrated on Manchester United's bench after Fred and Jesse Lingard were subbed— Your Landlord 🇳🇬 (@OgaLandlord_) September 29, 2021
Here’s the video, I feel bad rn
The latest report claims that Italian giants Juventus and Inter Milan are interested in the player and could test United’s resolve by making a move for the player.
United do not exactly want to sell, but they will gladly do so if they could recoup a 36m fee, close to the same amount they signed him for.
However, given his recent lack of form and game time, it is very unlikely any club will pay that amount. Van De Beek’s former teammate in Matthijs De Ligt is now ready to use his relationship with his compatriot to convince him to join Juventus.
It remains to be seen where Van De Beek will eventually end up, but it is now very possible he could be on his way out of the club, and the latest odds from bookmakers seem to go in line with that.