Wolverhampton Wanderers are interested in a deal to bring Donny van de Beek to Molineux in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Birmingham World, who claim that, despite Manchester United recently sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and replacing him with Ralf Rangnick, the new manager is also not convinced by the ability of the central midfielder, and is looking to bring a new player into the position this winter.
As a result, it would appear as if the Netherlands international will be available to either loan or buy this January, with Wolves previously believed to be one of the clubs thought to be keeping a very close eye on the situation of the 24-year-old ahead of a potential swoop.
While it is true that, since his £35m move to Manchester United in the summer of 2020, Van de Beek has not hit anywhere near the heights of his time at Ajax, the midfielder nevertheless proved during his time in the Netherlands that he would make a fantastic addition to Bruno Lage’s options in the middle of the park for the second half of the season.
Indeed, over his 23 Eredivisie appearances during his final campaign at Ajax, the £26m-rated man scored eight goals, registered five assists and created six big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.9 shots and making 1.8 key passes per game.
These returns saw the £120k-per-week 24-year-old who smarterscout’s ‘similar player’ search likened to Thomas Muller earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.32, ranking him as the joint 12th-best player in the top-flight of Dutch football back in 2019/20.
As such, while Wolves have also been linked with a move for Renato Sanches this January, when considering the fact that Van de Beek now has a decent amount of experience in English football under his belt, should a move be available for the player who Solskjaer claimed can “unlock close defences,” it would appear highly advisable for Jeff Shi to forget all about the Portuguese midfielder and instead concentrate his efforts on getting a deal for Van de Beek over the line.