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Man Utd receive transfer hope as ‘approach’ for £40m flop can help Ten Hag ‘attack’ top target

According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Sociedad have made an 'approach' to sign Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek.

Van van Beek joined the Red Devils from Ajax for £35 million plus £5 million in add-ons in September 2020.

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However, the Dutch international has been a massive disappointment at Old Trafford. He struggled for playing time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and was loaned out by Ralf Rangnick before reuniting with his former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag.

Many felt this would help the player get his Manchester United career back on track, but he struggled for game time again until suffering a season-ending knee injury in January 2023.

Van van Beek, who has only played 60 times in all competitions for the Premier League club, scoring twice, is one player who is likely to be transferred this summer.

According to transfer specialist Romano, Real Sociedad are interested in Brazilian midfielder Fred, as well as another player who is surplus to needs.

“It’s critical for Manchester United to find a solution for Donny van de Beek,” he remarked on his YouTube page. “Real Sociedad is interested, but for Fred, we know Galatasaray is interested, but I’m told there is still no agreement with Galatasaray at the moment.”

“They tried to attack the situation a few days ago, but another club could enter the race, so it’s not guaranteed [for] Galatasaray yet.” Other clubs are also competing in the race. Let’s wait and see what happens with Fred.

“It is critical for Manchester United to sell him in order to make room for Sofyan Amrabat, who is awaiting an official bid, which has not yet arrived.”

On Tuesday evening, Romano stated that Sociedad had “approached” Manchester United.

According to the Italian writer, this is the “first formal contact between the clubs” following discussions between the 26-year-old’s representatives and Sociedad.

The contract is also contingent on the “conditions decided” by Manchester United, with both clubs “now discussing the formula and terms of the deal.”

Ten Hag has already spent about £100 million on Mason Mount and Andre Onana, with a further £60 million going to Atalanta for Rasmus Hojlund before add-ons.

Sofyan Amrabat of Fiorentina is thought to be the next target for the Dutch manager, but it is evident that he will need to earn some monies through player sales in order to bring the Moroccan in.

Romano disclosed to the United Stand on YouTube that Amrabat’s absence from his team’s recent squad is insignificant.

“He was not going on tour with Fiorentina because it had already been planned with the player,” he explained. “They made the decision with Amrabat and a few other players.” He is a member of Fiorentina’s squad. He is not on the bench due to transfer concerns.

“This demonstrates that the transaction is still in its early stages.” Man United’s focus has always been on Rasmus Hojlund, and now that they have practically finalized everything, they will turn their attention to Sofyan Amrabat.

“However, in order to complete the Sofyan Amrabat deal, they want to sell Fred, who will undoubtedly leave Manchester United this summer; it’s simply a matter of determining what is the best option for the player.”

“Galatasaray has pushed, but I’ve been told in the last few hours that this deal is becoming complicated, so other clubs are jumping in.”

“Keep an eye on Saudi clubs; this could be an option.” In either case, Fred will depart.

“Donny van de Beek has discussed this possibility with Real Sociedad; it is not advanced yet, but discussions are ongoing.” But Manchester United will be ready to go after Sofyan Amrabat.”

Man United attempted to sign Amrabat in January, according to Romano.

“I can guarantee that Manchester United have not signed any proposal,” the transfer specialist stated. “They will do so when they realize this is the time to engage in concrete negotiations.” Keep calm; it will take some time, possibly weeks; it will not happen today or tomorrow.

“It will take some time, but Man United is Sofyan Amrabat’s priority.”

“He would love to join Manchester United, and Erik ten Hag spoke with him at the end of January following Christian Eriksen’s injury in the final hours of the transfer window.” They attempted to contact Amrabat’s agents, with whom they had a solid relationship.

“It was a possibility, but Fiorentina refused to do a loan deal like they did with Marcel Sabitzer at Bayern, so the deal fell through.”

“He is a player who is valued by United; we’ll see how the conversation progresses, but we’re hoping for an official bid soon.”

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