Report: ‘Bright’ star unhappy at current club angling for transfer amid Arsenal interest
Donny van de Beek has offered himself to Barcelona amid interest from Arsenal in the Manchester United midfielder, according to Sport.
Barcelona are currently assessing potential options who can reinforce Ronald Koeman’s midfield after Georginio Wijnaldum joined Paris Saint-Germain. The Dutchman pulled the plug on a move to the Camp Nou at the last minute despite weeks of talks.
Agents and players keen to join the Catalan powerhouse have since inundated the La Liga outfit with offers. Van de Beek is one of the more prominent candidates as he would be delighted to join Barcelona.
Van de Beek is unhappy at Manchester United as he could only occupy a backup role last season. The Netherlands maestro started just four of 19 Premier League appearances and one Europa League fixture, despite the Red Devils reaching the final.
He would now like to leave Old Trafford for Spain less than a year after Manchester United paid Ajax £35million. Barcelona are yet to decide whether to make a move, which would likely have to be a loan deal.
Barcelona would ideally like to sign a player who would improve their defensive capabilities. But they are considering a move for Van de Beek, having monitored the 24-year-old for a number of years.
Van de Beek angling for a transfer to Barcelona will come as a dent to Arsenal and Mikel Arteta. The Gunners are eager to sign two new midfielders this summer and have the 19-cap international on their radar (90min).
Arsenal have told Manchester United to keep them informed of any updates on a potential transfer. Van de Beek has another four years to run on the £120,000-per-week contract he signed last summer.
TRR’s view: Arsenal must step up Van de Beek pursuit
Arsenal must step up their Van de Beek pursuit after the Manchester United midfielder offered himself to Barcelona. The Dutchman would be a stellar addition, despite struggling to edge ahead of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes at Old Trafford.
Van de Beek has the potential to pull Premier League defences apart in an Arsenal shirt next season. He has supreme vision and is a goal threat from central or advanced midfield roles.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also praised Van de Beek’s vision earlier in the season, even though he rarely called on him. Praise that would see the midfielder fit in well at Arsenal, if they can beat out any Barcelona interest.
“Donny is bright,” Solskjaer told MUTV. “He sees space and sees the ball, where it is going to land in the box, and that is what he is going to give us. He has a great attitude and energy, one of the better ones I know for finding space and sniffing out space [and] he has that knack of finding the right areas in the box.”