Man Utd’s demands on Donny van de Beek transfer opens door to January exit

Manchester United’s stance on Donny van de Beek could finally see the Dutchman end his Old Trafford nightmare and secure a move elsewhere in an attempt to revive his career

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Manchester United flop Donny van de Beek could finally be on his way out of Old Trafford, as the midfielder looks set to leave the club during the January transfer window.

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The Dutchman has endured a torrid time at United since making the £35million move from Ajax in 2020, and his recent touchline tantrum may suggest to the fact that his time in Manchester could be coming to an end.

The 24-year-old stayed put at United during the summer despite being linked with a move away in an attempt to fight for his place.

However, van de Beek has only been given six minutes of Premier League football by United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Donny van de Beek has found life difficult at Manchester United

According to El Nacional, Barcelona are extremely interested in signing van de Beek, and United are keen to negotiate with the Catalan club, although the two are far apart in terms of the type of deal they wish to complete.

United want to recoup as much of the £35m they paid to Ajax as possible, but Barcelona are currently in an awful financial situation, so would prefer just a loan option for the time being.

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The Red Devils are keen to guarantee at least €25m (£21.1m) for Van de Beek by negotiating a mandatory obligation to buy following the completion of any loan deal, but a financially-stricken Barcelona do not currently have the funds available.

The report suggests that all parties are interested, but United face a standoff with Barcelona over the inclusion of an obligation to buy in any deal, but if they take the risk and remove that legality, the transfer could be completed.

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United hold all of the power, as van de Beek is under contract until 2025, meaning that they can hold out and wait for future offers to come in for the Dutchman should they wish, but it may just be better to part ways and move on from the failed move.

The 24-year-old was part of a golden generation at Ajax that saw the Dutch side almost make the Champions League final back in 2019, and many of their talented youngsters were snapped up by Europe's elite the following season.

Hakim Ziyech, Frankie De Jong and Matthijs De Ligt have all found trophy success with their new sides, while van de Beek is suffering at United, barely featuring despite being one of the biggest prospects in Europe.

The former Ajax star could link up with his former teammate and Dutch compatriot De Jong should a move to Barcelona materialise, with manager Ronald Koeman desperate to secure a new midfielder.

Barcelona were unsuccessful in their pursuit for Dutch talisman Georginio Wijnaldum this summer, as the former Liverpool star opted for a move to Paris Saint Germain instead.

A move could benefit all parties involved, but United are under no pressure to go through with the deal, with so long remaining on van de Beek's contract.

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