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Patrick Vieira ‘pushing’ Man Utd with ‘salary coverage’ talks underway

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Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is “pushing” hard to get Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek to Selhurst Park.

The Dutch midfielder was linked with Palace on Tuesday. The Athletic reported that Vieira was “exploring the possibility of taking” Van de Beek on loan for the remainder of the season. Now the clubs are deep in talks with United open to a straight loan move for the 24-year-old.

Fabrizio Romano claims that talks are being held to determine “salary coverage” with the United man understood to be on around £120,000 a week.

The player was an initial £35m signing from Ajax in August 2020. But he has struggled to assert himself and Old Trafford and he is yet to start a Premier League game this season

He has made just 14 appearances in all competitions this season, including just four starts.

Van de Beek is understood to be eager to get game time under his belt with the World Cup less than 12 months away.

United and Ralf Rangnick for their part are not actively touting the player around. And they are keen not to leave themselves short of midfield options, especially if Jesse Lingard moves on.

Rangnick recently gave an update on van de Beek’s situation. He told reporters: “I am glad to have him in the squad. He is always performing at a high level in training.

Van de Beek straight loan deal

“I had a conversation two weeks ago and advised him to stay until the end of the season. He wants to play in the World Cup and [Netherlands manager] Louis Van Gaal told him he needs to regularly play.

 

“I understand it, but we have a lot of competition in our squad.”

Palace have a second domestic loan slot available alongside Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher.

The deal that is being discussed is a straight-forward loan until the end of the season. There will be no option to buy, with Van de Beek under contract at Old Trafford until 2025.

Newcastle were also interested in Van de Beek.

But a report from The Telegraph claims the Nijkerkerveen-born player has no intention of involving himself in a relegation scrap.

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