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Wolves target Donny van de Beek set to leave Manchester United

Long-term Wolverhampton Wanderers target Donny van de Beek looks set to leave Manchester United this transfer window with the Dutch midfielder seeing very little game time at Old Trafford under new manager Ralf Rangnick.

That’s according to Dutch outlet Algemeen Dagblad, via Sport Witness, who claim it “seems inevitable” that van de Beek will leave the Red Devils this month.

The midfielder, who has in the past been described to have had a “close to perfect” game by former United player Owen Hargreaves, has somehow seen his situation at United worsen.

Van de Beek has played just seven minutes of Premier League football since Ralf Rangnick took charge at Old Trafford after featuring in only five league games prior to the German’s arrival.

Since swapping Ajax for Manchester United in September 2020, the 24-year-old has made 50 appearances for the Premier League giants, however, averages just 36.72 minutes per appearance.

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It seems like now is the time for the midfielder to seek a move elsewhere, at least on loan, to get what was looking to be a very promising career back on track.

Numerous Premier League clubs, including Wolves, have been linked with a move for the Dutchman, but he could prove particularly helpful to Bruno Lage’s side.

With the West Midlands outfit looking to secure European football this season, Lage could do with some extra reinforcements to provide depth to his squad.

Wolves currently sit eighth in the Premier League and are two points off the top-six, although various amounts of games in hand provide complication.

From a midfield perspective, the Old Gold don’t have too many options other than the regular Portuguese pair of Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves.

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Leander Dendoncker is occasionally deployed in the middle but can also play centre-back whilst 23-year-old Bruno Jordao has played once this season in the FA Cup.

Moreover, with Moutinho 35 years old and the possibility of Neves moving on for a greater challenge not out of the question, Wolves could certainly do with some quality long-term options in the midfield.

Prior to his move to England, van de Beek was playing regularly in the Eredivisie as well as the Champions League and was a key contributor to the Dutch giants’ run to the semi-final in 2018/19.

In 175 appearances for the Amsterdam outfit, the 24-year-old scored 41 goals and registered 34 assists as he won the Eredivisie and Dutch Cup in 2018/19 as well as the Dutch Super Cup in 2020 and the famous Champions League run.

With such experience, it’s hard to remember that the £22.5m-rated midfielder is still only 24, and still has plenty of potential.

Wolves could certainly do with this sort of experience and, should a permanent deal materialise, there would be a clear pathway for the Dutchman to make a midfield spot his own whilst progressing at the rate that had been expected of him upon signing for United.

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