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Donny van de Beek: Ten Hag snub puts transfer back into focus as Euro giants target Man Utd outcast

Man Utd midfielder Donny van de Beek

Donny van de Beek could leave Manchester United in January according to a report, despite Erik ten Hag arriving at Old Trafford earlier this year.

Van De Beek worked with Ten Hag at Ajax between December 2017 and September 2020. Van De Beek was part of Ten Hag’s midfield as Ajax won the domestic double in 2018/19. He also played a big role in the Dutch club reaching the Champions League semi-final that year, where they lost to Tottenham.

Van De Beek left Amsterdam in 2020 as Manchester United paid Ajax £35million to sign him. However, he spent plenty of time on the bench under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then Ralf Rangnick.

This left many fans wondering why the Red Devils had even bought him. Even if Fred or Scott McTominay had a bad game, they would still be ahead of Van De Beek in the pecking order.

Ten Hag’s arrival was supposed to change things. The coach knows how to get the best out of Van De Beek, as well as which kinds of players to use around him.

So far though, the Dutchman has only played three matches in all competitions. And all of these have been late substitute appearances.

Van De Beek recently picked up an injury which forced him to miss the 3-1 Premier League victory over Arsenal. He was also kept out of the squad for the Champions League loss to Real Sociedad.

The player may have featured against Sociedad if he were fit, but it’s unlikely he would have managed more than 45 minutes against Arsenal.

Ten Hag’s midfield options have been bolstered by the arrivals of Casemiro and Christian Eriksen. Van De Beek has little chance of getting into the starting lineup on a regular basis.

Italian club plot Donny van de Beek swoop

This is a big worry for his World Cup chances. There is now a major European club willing to give him an opportunity, although this will not come in time for the World Cup.

According to Sport Witness, who cite reports coming out of Spain, Inter Milan would like to capture the 25-year-old in January.

Their manager, Simone Inzaghi, is pushing for the transfer. He is the ‘main supporter’ of Van De Beek at Inter, the report claims.

The Nerazzurri have been looking into a move for Lazio ace Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. But he will cost an astronomical fee. As such, Inter are eyeing up Van De Beek instead.

Inzaghi has supposedly put his name ‘on the table’ for a winter proposal.

What the report fails to mention is how much the United player might cost. They also avoid suggesting what kind of approach it may be.

Move likely to be a temporary switch

United are more likely to consider accepting a loan for Van De Beek than a permanent exit. Even though he is yet to shine for United, they would probably want to give him the chance to regain his confidence elsewhere.

If Van De Beek does exceptionally well at Inter, then this could turn his fortunes around when returning to Manchester.

Whereas if United cut their losses and sell him, then there will be no chance of them benefitting from his original transfer. Plus, Van De Beek’s lack of game time would force United to take a financial hit on him.

This is a transfer Van De Beek should certainly consider. His World Cup place may already be gone. But the Ajax academy graduate could get his career back on track with Inter.

Inzaghi’s side may tempt him to Italy by offering him the chance to compete for major honours. Inter currently sit sixth in Serie A but are expected to move up the table and fight for the league title.

In addition, Inter won the Coppa Italia last season and will be looking to achieve this feat once more during the current campaign.

Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford is showing the “encouraging” reasons why he may yet play for England at the Qatar World Cup, Gareth Southgate says.