Manchester United have been accused of ‘spending £40million on a squad participant’ after agreeing a deal to signal Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek.
The Premier League giants are understood to have agreed a price of between £35m and £40m to signal the Netherlands worldwide, with the 23-year-old’s father all-but confirming the deal over the weekend, saying it’s a ‘dream come true’ for his son.
However former United academy participant Micky Grey has questioned why the membership has signed the Dutchman once they have already got loads of choices in central midfield, together with academy star Scott McTominay.
Information of Van de Beek’s imminent arrival has sparked a debate over his potential position at Outdated Trafford.
Is it broadly claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has introduced the Ajax ace to the membership to play in a extra defensive position to kind a flexible three-man midfield with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
Nonetheless, this has been dismissed by a Dutch soccer knowledgeable, who instructed talkSPORT Van de Beek isn’t any holding participant and as an alternative in contrast him to ‘Frank Lampard in his prime’.
Others, in the meantime, have questioned what his arrival may imply for Paul Pogba, with former Premier League star Danny Murphy claiming it might be a sign the World Cup winner ‘may very well be off’ this summer time.
However Grey believes Pogba’s place is not going to be in jeopardy as Van de Beek is simply coming to the membership for squad rotation.
And the ex-Purple Satan has admitted he’s ‘stunned’ United have chosen to spend that cash on what he believes is a squad participant fairly than on a game-changing marquee signing, like Jadon Sancho.
“That is such an enormous shock for me that Man United have gone for Donny van de Beek earlier than they’ve truly tried to get Sancho in once more or one other star signing,” the previous defender stated on The Sports activities Bar.
“He’s not the star signing I assumed Manchester United would truly convey via the door first.
“Is he even a place they want? In the event you had requested me halfway via final season – Matic was struggling, Fred couldn’t get anyplace close to the crew, McTominay picked up that dangerous harm – I’d have stated ‘sure, he’s an excellent signing’.
“However since then Matic has been excellent, Fred has improved however he’s clearly not for Man United shifting ahead, and McTominay has come again.
“I believe McTominay will probably be round for the following 5 – 6 years, perhaps even longer than that, and he can play in that holding midfield position.
“That’s the place they’ve purchased Van de Beek for. He’s 23 years previous, he obtained ten targets final season, he’s 6ft 1in, and he’s an excellent signing… as a back-up participant.
“That’s what actually surprises me, that’s the place soccer is correct now, they’re shopping for a squad participant for £40m.
“I believe Man United’s first signing of the window ought to have been the one which obtained all people talking, that star signing, like a Sancho – a participant who might have taken them from third to first within the league.
“However Van de Beek isn’t going to vary an excessive amount of at Manchester United as a holding midfielder.
“I believe he’ll be an excellent signing for Manchester United, however he’s not the signing all people has been ready for.”