Manchester United have confirmed their first signing of the summer transfer window with Donny van de Beek signing from Ajax in a deal worth around £40million including add-ons. The Dutchman puts pen to paper on a five-year contract with the option for a sixth year at Old Trafford and becomes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s latest addition as he seeks to close the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City.
Solskjaer wants Van de Beek to strengthen his midfield having held phone calls with the midfielder about the role he sees him playing for the Red Devils.
The 23-year-old has been scouted extensively and is expected to play alongside both of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in midfield.
He could even be deployed in the advanced No 10 role, which Fernandes was used in last term following his January arrival from Sporting Lisbon.
“I cannot begin to explain how incredible an opportunity it is to join a club with such an amazing history,” Van de Beek said after joining United.
“I would like to thank everyone at Ajax, I grew up there and I will always have a special bond with the club.
“I am now ready to take the next step in my career and perform at the highest level and there is no higher standard than Manchester United.
“Everyone has told me how amazing the Old Trafford atmosphere is and I am looking forward to experiencing that, once it is safe for the fans to return.
“This team has some of the best midfielders in the world and I know that I can learn from them and also bring my own strengths to the group.
“Having spoken to the manager about his vision for this team, the direction that the club is going in is hugely exciting and I cannot wait to be a part of that.”
Van de Beek joins United having produced 40 goals and 30 assists across his last 133 appearances across all competitions for Eredivisie champions Ajax.