Everton have reportedly emerged as a potential destination for Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek, with Crystal Palace also in contention.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has offered an update on the future of Donny van de Beek. The Manchester United starlet could be set for a late exit from Old Trafford, as he looks to redeem himself after a difficult 18 months at the club. Crystal Palace have been interested in securing the services of the midfielder, but it appears Everton have emerged as another potential destination.

The Merseyside giants have even reached an agreement with Manchester United surrounding van de Beek’s short-term loan deal, with Everton prepared to pay the player’s full salary until June. It leaves the Dutchman with two options to choose from, and the final decision could soon be in the offing.

Everton interested in signing van de Beek late in the window stems from the expected arrival of Frank Lampard. The former Chelsea manager is set to replace Rafael Benitez, who was sacked earlier this month after a disastrous start to the campaign.

With the Toffees languishing around the relegation zone, the onus is on Lampard to turn things around during the second half of the season. Being an attack-minded coach, the Englishman is looking for more creativity in the final third, with van de Beek emerging as an ideal solution.

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The former Ajax midfielder has not enjoyed much success since his move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2020. He has notably mustered only 68 minutes of league football this term, falling behind Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho and even Jesse Lingard in the pecking order.

Donny van de Beek’s struggles have not deterred his suitors, though. While the Dutchman did reject the overtures of Newcastle United earlier this month, he is now in contention to join either Everton or Crystal Palace, with the latter also keen on creative reinforcements late in the window.

Currently sitting 13th in the league table, Palace were linked with a move for Aaron Ramsey. But the Eagles ended their interest to pursue a younger alternative in the form of van de Beek. Despite his struggles at Manchester United, the 24-year-old is regarded as a gifted attacking midfielder who can offer the desired creativity for attackers such as Jean-Philippe Mateta and Odsonne Edouard in the second half of the campaign.

Donny van de Beek himself will be keen on securing regular game-time in an attempt to sneak into the Netherlands’ squad for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar. And with Everton and Crystal Palace vying for his signature, it will be interesting to see where the Dutchman ends up upon leaving Manchester United temporarily before the transfer market draws to a close.

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