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Man Utd pursue Barca and Real Madrid target

Manchester United close in on transfer for Barcelona and Real Madrid target

August 29, 2020 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The Red Devils have made significant progress in their pursuit of the midfielder.

Manchester United look set to conclude their first piece of business in this summer transfer window with the signing of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek. The Red Devils have reportedly contacted the 23-year-old Dutch international's representative ahead of a potential move to Old Trafford.

United have come under massive criticism from its fans in recent weeks following their inactivity in the transfer window. While the Premier League rivals of the Old Trafford outfit have been busy with recruitments, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side is yet to make a single signing.

The arrival of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund was expected to be the highlight of the 13-time Premier League champions' summer. However, Die BVB's reluctance to budge on their $143 million valuation has been negotiations hit an impasse. 

In the meantime, Manchester United are hoping to wrap up deals elsewhere and have identify Ajax's Donny van de Beek as a potential signing. Back in January, the club was linked with a move for the central midfielder but was unable to table an official bid to secure the player's service. As per reports emerging from the Netherlands and another by trusted journalist Fabrizio Romano, the 2020 Europa League semi-finalists have reignited their interest in the Dutch international having scouted him extensively.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to have personally reached out to Van de Beek who is remains very keen on a move to the Premier League. An official bid is expected to arrive at Ajax soon and amid the midfielder's imminent exit, he was omitted from his side's warm-up match against Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday.

Barcelona were previously reported to be angling in favor of a move for Van de Beek following his recommendation by new manager Roland Koeman. Relatively, the midfielder was close to joining Real Madrid before the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic but he did not complete a medical or sign an official contract with Los Blancos.


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