Manchester United and Ajax are reported to have agreed on a fee of €45m (£40m) for the transfer of midfielder Donny van de Beek, with an announcement expected early next week.
Van de Beek had been tentatively linked with the Old Trafford club on and off throughout the past two seasons. However, more concrete reports began to emerge on Sunday when The Mirror claimed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had ‘reached out’ over a deal, while the midfielder was keen on a move to the Premier League.
Things then exploded into life on Sunday evening, with Fabrizio Romano claiming that the first official bid – around €40m – had been submitted to Ajax.
The transfer reporter claimed that United and Van de Beek had reached a ‘total agreement’ over personal terms on a five-year deal, with an agreement between all parties not far off.
Dutch outlet De Telegraaf also claimed that the 23-year-old midfielder, who not involved in Ajax’s pre-season friendly draw with Union Berlin on Sunday, has already played his final game for the reigning Eredivisie champions.
has been told that the fee will be in the region of £40m (€45m) and has already been agreed between the clubs.
As widely reported, a medical and then official announcement of the transfer’s completion are expected to follow in the coming days. Barring any late hiccoughs, Van de Beek will become United’s first signing of the summer window.
Van de Beek, also long touted as a target for both Real Madrid and Barcelona, has been with Ajax for the entirety of his senior playing career, making 175 appearances for the club, scoring 41 goals.
The central midfielder has 10 caps for the Netherlands and was on the shortlist for the 2019 Ballon d’Or following Ajax’s domestic double and run to the Champions League semi-finals.