Believe it or not, Dutchman Donny van de Beek has only played three full Premier League games since his blockbuster move from Ajax.
The 24-year-old was a star in the Eredivisie. However, a lack of playing time in the Premier League has reduced him to nothing more than a bench warmer.
With the transfer window just around the corner, we take a look at five clubs who could get their hands on a bargain in the January sales.
Paris Saint-Germain – 2/9
As things stand, the clear frontrunners for Van de Beek’s signature are PSG.
After pulling off one of the greatest transfer windows ever last summer, you might think PSG would be resting on their laurels come January. Well, according to the bookmakers, you would be wrong.
Despite having a midfield stacked with talent – including Marco Verratti, Ander Herrera, Julian Draxler, Idrissa Gueye and Georginio Wijnaldum – the Parisians could be about to strengthen further.
The main concern regarding this move is whether Van de Beek would finally get some much-needed playing time at Parc des Princes.
With the Dutchman struggling to get in the United team, what would be his chances of doing so in Paris?
Nevertheless, Mauricio Pochettino’s side lead the market at 2/9.
Everton – 7/2
Second in the market are Everton who, following the departure of James Rodriguez, are on the lookout for a marquee man.
Van de Beek’s stock has nosedived during his time at Man United. However, a move to Everton would certainly give him an opportunity to rebuild his slightly tarnished reputation.
Rafael Benitez and his men sit fifth in the Premier League table following a superb start to the season.
With the Spaniard building an exciting team over on Merseyside, Van de Beek’s departure from Old Trafford needn’t be viewed as a backward step.
Most importantly for the Dutchman, he would be assured a lot more playing time at Goodison Park.
The bookies currently have the Toffees at 7/2 to sign the player.
Inter Milan – 15/2
Here’s another interesting destination.
Inter Milan have got off to a decent start this season despite losing manager Antonio Conte and forward Romelu Lukaku over the summer.
Simone Inzaghi’s side are third in the Serie A standings and are yet to lose a game. What’s more, the defending champions are also in the Champions League – something that could be seen as appealing by a game-hungry Van de Beek.
I Nerazzurri have a decent squad but they could certainly do with one or two additions, especially in midfield.
As things stand, Inter are priced at 15/2 to sign the Dutchman, an enticing price considering the two clubs have have done a lot of business over the past few years.
Juventus – 9/1
If Inter is not to his liking, perhaps Juventus is.
Massimiliano Allegri’s men endured a stuttering start to the season but the Old Lady seem to have recovered, winning three consecutive league games before the international break.
Juve have a number of talented names in midfield. However, with the futures of Federico Chiesa and Manuel Locatelli in doubt, Allegri may need reinforcements.
Van De Beek could be the answer to his worries. What’s more, the Dutchman would be joining up with a familiar face in fellow countryman Matthijs de Ligt.
The one stumbling block could be a financial one. The cost of keeping Cristiano Ronaldo during the pandemic has bled the club’s finances dry.
No wonder then the bookmakers have priced Juventus at 9/1.
Ajax – 10/1
A homecoming fit for a king?
Van de Beek’s return to Ajax is currently priced by the bookies at 10/1.
After all, Manchester United have a habit of buying players, selling them and then buying them back for an inflated price.
Wilfried Zaha comes to mind. So does Paul Pogba.
Ajax have already milked £40million out of the Glazers’ pockets and the Amsterdam club certainly won’t be paying that sort of sum to get the player back.
However, with Van de Beek desperate for playing time and in need of an injection of confidence, it is a move that cannot be dismissed.
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