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Report: Man United will sacrifice midfielder to secure transfer of Ajax star Donny van de Beek

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told he will have to make room in his squad for Ajax star Donny van de Beek.

Solskjaer has identified Van de Beek as a prime midfield target and is ready to fight Real Madrid for his signature.

The Times report that United have renewed their long-term interest in the 23-year-old with his proposed move to Madrid now in doubt due to the financial crisis La Liga is facing due to coronavirus.

Van de Beek earned recognition on the European stage last season as he was a key figure in Ajax’s remarkable run to the Champions League semi-finals.

According to the Mirror, Solskjaer is keen on Van de Beek and Bayer Leverkusen forward Kai Havertz. Both are young, dynamic stars that would be ideal fits for the Norwegian’s long-term rebuild.

But in order to secure a move for Van de Beek, who is seen more attainable than the highly coveted Havertz, Solskjaer will need to sacrifice at least one midfielder.

The Mirror’s report suggests Andreas Pereira could be the one that makes way, despite signing a new four-year contract last summer.

With Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay back from injury, plus the addition of creative linchpin Bruno Fernandes, Pereira will have to settle for less and less game time.

Pereira seems to have been given endless chances at United, but his Old Trafford career could be coming to an end if Solskjaer continues to be ruthless in his revolution.

The Brazilian has made 23 Premier League appearances for the Reds this season, registering just one goal and three assists.

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