Romano shares how close Everton came to Donny van de Beek loan
Fabrizio Romano has told The Here We Go Podcast that Everton had an agreement with Donny van de Beek before Manchester United said no to a loan move to Merseyside on deadline day.
Van de Beek has endured a tough time since moving to Old Trafford in a £35 million move in 2020. He only started four times in the Premier League last season.
And it seems that the Toffees sensed an opportunity as the deadline loomed at the end of last month.
Romano has suggested that Everton had everything in place with the player and were ready to meet United’s demands for a loan move before the deal fell through.
“Everton, on deadline day, they were more than close to signing Donny van de Beek. They had an agreement with the player, they had a project for the player,” he told The Here We Go Podcast.
‘It was a done deal really’
“They were prepared to sign Donny van de Beek on loan. They were also prepared to give Manchester United what they wanted for Donny van de Beek.
“Everton were really, really close. Benitez wanted him. It was more than an idea, it was a done deal really between Everton and Donny van de Beek, but Manchester United said no.”
Van de Beek could have been a fantastic loan signing for Everton – and Toffees should continue to monitor situation
The 24-year-old looked to be one of Europe’s most exciting midfield prospects while he was coming through the ranks at Ajax.
And he has the time to turn the situation around at Old Trafford. But a loan move could have arguably been a fantastic opportunity.
Everton are a big club. And in Rafa Benitez, they have a manager with a huge profile. So it could have been an ideal platform for van de Beek to prove what he can really do in the Premier League.
The Toffees must now continue to monitor the situation after the window’s closure. If his playing time does not increase in the coming months, surely United will be much more open to the prospect of a loan deal.
Van de Beek, almost certainly, will not want to stick around much longer if he remains on the periphery of Solskjaer’s plans.