Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek reportedly prefers to join Bayern Munich amidst strong interest from La Liga bigwigs Barcelona.
According to a report from El Nacional, Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek would be open to joining Bayern Munich as he looks to rekindle his career. The Dutchman is also courting interest from Barcelona.
Van de Beek arrived at Manchester United in the summer of 2020 from AFC Ajax. However, the move has failed to work out as envisaged for the Netherlands international, as he has struggled to carve out a place for himself in the starting XI. The Dutchman was rarely used by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season, while his situation has hardly improved this term either.
Ralf Rangnick’s appointment has done little to change things, as the German tactician has not called upon van de Beek regularly either. With the FIFA World Cup coming up later this year, the midfielder is keen on getting his career back on track by getting enough playing time, which could help his prospects of returning to the national team.
Barcelona have held a long-standing interest in the 24-year-old, mostly due to the presence of Ronald Koeman. Even though the Dutchman is no longer in charge at Camp Nou, the Catalans are continuing to monitor the midfielder as he can add a lot of value to the team while he could also be available on a loan deal in the ongoing transfer window.
However, Bayern Munich have recently entered the picture to sign van de Beek from Manchester United. The German champions are in the market for reinforcements in the middle of the park as Corentin Tolisso will be out of contract at the end of the season, at which point he will be moving on from the Allianz Arena.
Interestingly, the Frenchman is also on the radar of Barcelona. And Bayern Munich are now considering the prospect of replacing him with van de Beek. The report claims that manager Julian Nagelsmann has recommended signing the Netherlands international, whose market value has reportedly dropped down to €25 million.
While van de Beek is believed to be attracted by the prospect of playing in La Liga, he prefers a transfer to Bayern Munich as it would afford him better chances to challenge for and win trophies. The report adds that Manchester United will demand a sum of €35 million for the ex-Ajax ace. Whether Die Roten are willing to meet that valuation remains to be seen.