Manchester United are reportedly set to part ways with midfielder Donny van de Beek over the January transfer window after a torrid 18-month spell.
The 24-year-old has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford since the summer after struggling for game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and he finally seems set to seek pastures new.
According to well-known journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, there are ‘many clubs interested’ in van de Beek’s services, and the creative talent is planning to leave the red half of Manchester in search of regular game time.
He tweeted: “Donny van de Beek has never been offered to Real Madrid. There are many clubs interested, but no talk, proposal or negotiation with Real Madrid as things stand #MUFC. The plan is still to leave Man Utd in January if he’s not gonna be involved in Solskjær team in the next weeks.”
After securing a domestic double with boyhood club Ajax and playing a pivotal part in their run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019, Van de Beek’s arrival on English shores the following year was greeted with much excitement amongst the United fanbase.
His record of 41 goals and 34 assists in 175 appearances for the Amsterdam club pointed to a player who was more than capable of making the step up to the demands of the Premier League, yet things haven’t worked out as planned.
Van de Beek was unable to force his way into Solskjaer’s starting XI last term, featuring from the off on just 15 occasions in all competitions, but his game time has been even more limited in the current campaign.
The technically gifted talent has received just 154 minutes of action across five outings, completing 90 minutes just once in a third-round Carabao Cup defeat at the hands of West Ham United.
And now, it appears as though an imminent exit is on the cards for van de Beek as the winter window fast approaches, something that will leave large sections of Red Devils supporters feeling gutted.
His previous exploits at Ajax and several promising cameo appearances at United have shown his truly top-class potential, and yet he seems destined to fulfil that promise elsewhere after not receiving the opportunity to demonstrate his potential in the red half of Manchester. This is a sorry saga, one that will surely leave fans rather dejected.