Former Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart says his compatriot Donny van de Beek fully deserves his move to Manchester United.
The Dutch midfielder looks all set to complete a €45m move to United after a personal intervention from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He reportedly hurried the club along over talks to ensure they did not miss out.
Now it appears a deal is on the brink, with talks continuing between all the parties. United’s first offer of €40m (£35.7m) has been rejected. However, the BBC reports an agreement worth €45m (£40m) has now been reached.
Sky Sports claim personal terms have been agreed and their take is that the deal is thought to be in the region of €39m, plus another €5m in add-ons,
And Van der Vaart believes the 23-year-old’s performances have warranted a big move to the Premier League.
Van der Vaart told NOS: “He has played excellent for Ajax.
“And Manchester United really need this kind of player in their team. This transfer is fantastic for us [Dutch people] too. We are all going to follow him now. This move is so deserved.”
‘Agreements have been made about a possible transfer’
Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag has said there have been developments regarding Van De Beek, who was missing from the squad for Saturday’s friendly against Eintracht Frankfurt.
“The fact that Donny did not play does indicate a direction,” Ten Hag said. “The request not to let him play did not come specifically from one side.
“We do that together. Agreements have been made about a possible transfer, and if that possibility arises, you must also co-operate.”
Van de Beek is set to sign a five-year deal. That should allow him to be available for United’s opening game of the 2020-21 season, against Crystal Palace on 19 September.