Donny van de Beek will wear the No 34 at Manchester United this season, but his arrival will likely mean the end of the road for two of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
Van de Beek’s arrival at Old Trafford is imminent after he missed the Netherlands’ training on Monday to undergo a medical. The 23-year-old will pen a £40million, five-year deal and he will become Solskjaer’s first arrival of the summer.
But the deal for Van de Beek will see both Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira transfer listed, reports the Daily Mail.
The midfielders have both fallen down the pecking order under the Norwegian and they are “deemed surplus to requirements” and “expected to leave”.
Both have been used sparingly last season and Solskjaer has decided to offload the duo as United look to top their third-placed finish.
Van de Beek though is unlikely to take his favoured No 6 shirt, because it is occupied by Paul Pogba.
Van de Beek shirt tribute
Instead the Daily Mail claims the midfielder is set to take the No 34 shirt at United in honour of his close friend Abdelhak ‘Appie’ Nouri.
Nouri collapsed on the field, aged 20, with a cardiac arrest, with Van de Beek watching from the sidelines.
He was left with permanent brain damage and is now being cared for at home having woken from his coma.
The pair had grown up together and the article in the paper says Van de Beek admits there are periods where he cannot visit Appie, due to the upset it causes.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer must further convince United’s board before any deal for Dayot Upamecano is signed off.
According Monday’s Euro Paper Talk, United plan to strengthen their central defence as a priority this summer. As such, they have targeted the powerful and skilful RB Leipzig defender.
The 21-year-old proved himself one of Europe’s outstanding defenders this season. He was a key man as Julian Nagelsmann’s side reached the Champions League semi-finals.
United’s chances of landing him appeared to be over last month when he signed a new deal with the Bundesliga side. That tied him to the club until 2023. More significantly, it upped his exit clause to €60m.
However, reports in Germany claim the new deal includes a release clause of €42m. That comes into affect at the end of the 2020/21 season.