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Man Utd could miss out on £44m Dutch star as Newcastle enter transfer battle


MANCHESTER UNITED could miss out on signing Donny van de Beek as Newcastle look set to enter the race for his signature, according to reports.

The Ajax star, 23, has been on the Red Devils’ radar for the last year after making a name for himself during the Dutch side’s run to the Champions League semi-finals.

But according to Le10 Sport in France, the Magpies are showing interest in the midfielder and could make a bid this summer.

The Dutch star is thought to be valued at around £44million.

With the Toon edging towards a Saudi-backed takeover, they could soon become the club with the richest owners in the Premier League.

And they will surely not be afraid to splash the cash to help get the club back to the top of English football once again.

Newcastle were also linked with an audacious plot to swoop for Kalidou Koulibaly with the sale by Mike Ashley getting closer.

Napoli currently value the centre-back at around £90m but that asking price could well drop significantly as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

New owners at St James’ Park could also mean a new manager with Mauricio Pochettino or a return for Rafael Benitez on the cards to replace Steve Bruce.

And gaffers of that calibre would undoubtedly be able to attract big names to the club.

In a similar way, Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment at Everton was in part because of his reputation within the game and ability to draw in new signings.

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