In the midst of their current midfield crisis, Manchester United are reportedly targeting Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek as a long term replacement for Paul Pogba.
The London Standard are reporting that United are willing to test how desperately Ajax want to keep hold of the promising player after losing Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt in the summer following Ajax’s success in the Champions League.
United have long needed some reinforcements in their midfield and the injuries to Scott McTominay and recent surgery on the mercurial Pogba has meant that Solskjaer’s squad is desperate for some aid in the centre of the park.
Van de Beek has been in fine form this season having already bagged eight goals and eight assists in 26 appearances across all competitions this season and it will be his goal-scoring ability that United will be desperate to tap into.
After losing Lukaku to Inter Milan, the Red Devils have relied on the bulk of their goals coming from Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and teenager Mason Greenwood.
While they have been finding the scoresheet on a reasonably regular basis, United have sorely missed the goal contributions and assists that Pogba has provided in the past. Pogba was the team’s highest goal scorer last season, but has featured twice since September and underwent surgery on Monday amid continued speculation over his future.
Regardless of the situation of Pogab going forward, United’s midfield has long been in need of beefing up and van de Beek fits the bill perfectly in terms of age and top-level experience.
Despite his young age, the 22-year-old already has over 100 Eredivisie appearances and has been involved in a goal in almost half of them. He has also gotten eight-goal involvements in 17 Champions League appearances.
James Maddison has been linked with United throughout the season and while he is no doubt the hottest English attacking midfielder in the league, it is thought he will cost up to £100m while van de Beek could reportedly cost half of that.
A midfielder going to Old Trafford has become a matter of when rather than if and getting van de Beek to Manchester this window would be a massive boost to the struggling side.