Man Utd allow second club to look at Solskjaer flop as swap transfer posed

Date published: Wednesday 31st March 2021 4:01 - Jonny Whitfield

Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba and Donny Van de Beek in Man Utd training

Manchester United are reportedly considering a swap deal involving Donny van de Beek with a second club, with a midfielder potentially moving to Old Trafford.

Van de Beek moved to United last July after emerging as a key star in Ajax’s team. The 23-year-old arrived in Manchester with considerable expectation, following his recent rise in the Netherlands. However, he has largely failed to deliver on that potential so far due to a lack of game time in his debut season.

Therefore, reports last week claimed that the Red Devils are considering cashing in already.

90min claimed that United chiefs have initially offered his services to Borussia Dortmund. Indeed, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has supposedly made Erling Haaland his top striker target this summer.

According to Tuttosport (via Sport Witness), though, United would also be open to him moving to Juventus.

The Red Devils are considering a swap deal with the Italians and could sign Adrien Rabiot in return.

Solskjaer reportedly would not mind letting Van de Beek go if it meant his club ‘getting their hands’ on Rabiot.

Juve want to sign a new midfielder, with Van de Beek’s United team-mate Paul Pogba also on their radar.

However, club chief Fabio Patrici is also looking at Jorginho from Chelsea and Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo.

Rabiot, meanwhile, has entertained links with a move to the Premier League before.

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly an admirer of the France international, who has played in both his country’s matches so far during the current international break.

The 25-year-old is in his second season in Turin after moving for free from Paris Saint-Germain. This season, he has played 35 times in all competitions.

Van de Beek told struggles ‘inevitable’

Donny Van De Beek Man Utd midfielder

Meanwhile, the midfielder has been told he was ‘always likely to struggle’ during his first season at United.

The Netherlands international has only had a limited role under Solskjaer, making two Premier League starts.

But countryman Bryan Roy insists he has the ability to play at any major European club.

READ MORE: Van de Beek told Man Utd struggles were ‘inevitable’ as major transfer away is discussed

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