Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United are facing the prospect of missing out on signing Donny van de Beek. Newcastle United look set to enter the race for his signature, according to reports in England. The Ajax midfielder has been on the Red Devils’ radar for a long time now. He made a name for himself during the Dutch side’s run to the Champions League semi-finals.
According to reports in England, the Magpies have registered their interest in the midfielder. It seems that the club could make a bid this summer. The Dutch star is thought to be valued at around £44m. He is also being chased by a host of clubs across the continent.
With the North East side edging towards a Saudi-backed takeover, they could soon become the club with the richest owners in the Premier League. They will surely not be afraid to fork out big fees to help get the club back to the top of English football once again. The Magpies have also been linked with an audacious plot to swoop for Kalidou Koulibaly. The defender is also believed to be a target of a host of major clubs in Europe.
Who Benefits Exactly?
Napoli is currently valued the centre-back at around £90m. That asking price could well drop significantly as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. The pandemic that has hit the football clubs financially is impacting everything.
New owners at St James’ Park are also said to be looking for a new high-profile manager. They will be considering a lot of top bosses for the job. Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and Rafael Benitez have both been strongly linked to replace Steve Bruce.
Managers with such a reputation would undoubtedly be able to attract big names to the club. Real Madrid still looks to be favourites to sign the Ajax star, who has ten goals and 11 assists in 37 appearances this season.
Los Blancos want Paul Pogba in midfield and remain keen on his international team-mate N’Golo Kante as well as Juventus midfield maestro Miralem Pjanic. Reports claim that van de Beek is being eyed as a back-up option if Zidane fails to land his primary midfield targets.
Newcastle United Will Own The Transfer Window?
With the potential take-over being the fate of Newcastle United, it seems that a lot of top players have been linked with the club. Whether they are actually able to sign them or not, remains to be seen. However, the likes of Manchester United don’t often lose out on the players that they want.
Despite that, challenging against a Sheikh’s money isn’t always easy. It will further be interesting to see how the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules step in. Whether they are able to impact the overall scenario or not, remains to be seen.
This could really be a key factor in the conversation. Already Manchester City has suffered the wrath of the FA. They could be banned for a couple of seasons from the Champions League. Whether that ban remains or not, only time will tell. For now, the fear must be instilled in the clubs, so that they keep their expenses in check.