Donny van de Beek reportedly had a late move to Everton being blocked by Manchester United, who chose to keep hold of the unhappy Dutch midfielder.
According to a report by Dutch outlet AD, Donny van de Beek’s frustrations at Manchester United were exacerbated further towards the end of the summer transfer window. The Dutch midfielder had been staring at the prospect of joining Everton on loan only for the Red Devils to block the late transfer.
Donny van de Beek joined Manchester United from Ajax in the summer of 2020. Acquired as the marquee signing of that summer, the recruitment was hailed in many quarters, as the Red Devils not only added a quality midfielder to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad but also boosted their strength in depth in the midfield department.
However, the move has not panned out as envisioned for the 24-year-old, who had to play second-fiddle to Manchester United talisman Bruno Fernandes all season long. As a result, he largely had to suffice with appearances off the bench apart from the odd starts here and there.
The same pattern has continued in the early stages of the 2021/22 season, with van de Beek yet to feature for even a single minute so far. In fact, even Jesse Lingard, who was deemed to be surplus to requirements last season, and Daniel James, who is no longer at Manchester United, have been handed more game-time.
So, it is hardly surprising that van de Beek would have been happy with the prospect of a loan move at the very least, if not a permanent departure. Bayern Munich had been linked with the Manchester United outcast in the final days of the summer while Everton wanted to sign him on loan as well.
The Toffees were quite busy in the dying embers of the summer transfer window, as they managed to keep hold of Richarlison while also bringing in Salomon Rondon as a replacement for Moise Kean. Midfield had also been an area that they wished to bolster, although with Andre Gomes staying put at Goodison Park, the need to add another option dissipated.
However, Everton were in contention of signing van de Beek on loan, only for Manchester United to block the transfer. The move has come under scrutiny from the player’s agent, who has claimed that several clubs wanted to sign the Dutch international, only for Manchester United to not “co-operate” with them.
So, with that, van de Beek remains a Manchester United player, and he will hope that he is handed more minutes in the season to come. If not, we could well see the 24-year-old departing Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year.