Former Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has suggested Everton could sign Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek on a permanent deal.
The Dutch midfielder joined Frank Lampard’s side on transfer deadline day in January on a loan deal with the 24-year-old in search of first-team football.
He completed his first full Premier League appearance against Leeds United last Saturday. McLeish believes the Toffees could be the ones to sign the Manchester United player permanently.
He said Football Insider:
“There’s no doubt there will be a lot of (interested) clubs. If Man United signed him in the first place, obviously he’s a player with great pedigree.”
“A lot of clubs would have wanted him in the first place. They will be watching him with interest, keeping an eye on his situation. Of course, Everton could be in pole position.
The Holland international had a disappointing spell at Old Trafford. The midfielder was only able to make 50 appearances in just over a year. He joined Manchester United from Eredivisie giants Ajax in a £35.1million transfer in the summer of 2020.
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Manchester United are in the process of rebuilding and Donny van de Beek could still have a role to play in the future despite exit rumours.
The club are reportedly targeting Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino or Ajax’s Erik ten Hag as their next permanent manager. It is under the latter that van de Beek could yet find success in Manchester, having played under the Dutch manager during their time at Ajax.
Under Ten Hag for Ajax, the midfielder played an important role in the team’s success in the years leading up to his departure, most notably in the Champions League in 2019.
The 24-year-old scored in their quarter-final win over Juventus as the Dutch giants shocked the Serie A giants to win 3-2 on aggregate. They then reached the semi-finals where they met Premier League giants, Tottenham Hotspur.
Van de Beek scored in the first leg at White Hart Lane and Ajax looked set to reach the final of the competition.
Ironically, it was Pochettino who was in charge of this Spurs team who managed to overcome obstacles and book his team a place in the final.
Pochettino will therefore have seen the player’s talents up close. The connection he and Ten Hag have with van de Beek could prove decisive in any future of the playmaker at Manchester United.