Everton chief Marcel Brands has confirmed that Manchester United blocked the Toffees’ attempts to sign Donny van de Beek this summer. Donny van de Beek has found his opportunities limited since joining Manchester United for £40 million from Ajax last summer.
The 24-year-old endured a torrid first campaign at Old Trafford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Van de Beek was restricted to just 19 appearances in the Premier League last season. And was tipped to leave the club after just one season. If Donny Van De Beek moves to Everton either on a loan or transfer, it would quite beneficial for the player.
Solskjaer admitted back in January that the Dutchman was unhappy over his lack of playing time. But it seems as though the United boss is looking to keep hold of his man for now. Everton was closing in on a last-gasp loan move for Van de Beek before Solskjaer stepped in to prevent the deal.
The player’s agent, Guido Albers, spoke to Dutch media “Manchester United are holding everything back,”.”Disappointing that United are not cooperating.” Everton’s director of football, Marcel Brands has now confirmed the statement made by Albers.
When asked about the player in a recent interview Marcel said: “We had him on our list.” “At the beginning of the transfer window, we enquired at United, then it was impossible”. “At the end of the window, I received a call from Guido Albers, his agent, that he might be rented out after all. But at the last minute, it was cancelled. Stopped again.
Left out of Netherland’s squad again
The 24-year-old found minutes very hard to come by this season again. But now he has to compete with even more stars after the summer signings of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho. His lack of action could harm his chances of making his nation’s 2022 World Cup squad. And he has already seen his involvement impacted.
Van de Beek started just four Premier League games in the 2020-21 season. And has only played 151 minutes of football so far this term across all competitions. He was again left out of the squad for the World cup qualifiers against Latvia and Gibraltar.