It seems like Manchester United decided to do some shopping after their embarrassing 3-1 home defeat to their cross-town rivals Manchester City in League Cup on Tuesday. According to multiple sources, United is considering making a move for the highly-regarded Ajax’s midfielder Donny Van de Beek.
ESPNFC reports that Man Utd’s boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is pushing for the move to happen in January, wanting reinforcement for the second part of the season. The club previously gave Solskjaer the green light to bring in new players but made it clear they won’t be reckless with paying transfer fees as they did in the past.
Van de Beek has been having a great season with Ajax so far, scoring six goals and adding four assists in Eredivisie. While the Dutch powerhouse is reluctant to see him go, the fact that they didn’t manage to advance past the group stage in Champions League might force them to listen to offers for their best players. Van de Beek could reportedly be lured from the Netherlands with an offer worth around $65 million.
Manchester United has their eyes set on several other targets, including another Ajax player, Hakim Ziyech. But since the club has the more pressing need in midfield, Ziyech as a winger isn’t their main priority. Another name linked with a move to United is Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal, who is reportedly on the exit door in Barcelona and might be available for cheap.