Reports in Italy are already linking Donny van de Beek with a move away from Manchester United.
Calcaiomercato claim they do not rule out the Dutchman joining Juventus, with the Old Lady already having international team-mate Matthijs de Ligt in their squad.
The pair came through the Ajax academy but let’s not look for reasons to make these rubbish reports stand.
What I find interesting is the language used in the report from Calciomercato. “We could say assault” is the line they opt for to describe Van de Beek’s short time at Old Trafford.
United paid €44m for the midfielder this past summer, as per The Score, but he has yet to cement his place in the starting eleven, though Tuesday night’s win over Istanbul Basaksehir showed glimpses of what he can do when he starts games.
I have always been under the impression that Van de Beek’s opportunities at United will come as this is going to be hectic season with two games to play most weeks, especially now we’re reaching the festive period.
Solskjaer said it himself in October, as per The Guardian.
“When Donny has played, he’s played really well,” the United manager said. “It says a lot about our depth of quality that we don’t have to use him every single game.
“I also think it says everything about our ambitions — we want to push on, we want to challenge for trophies this season. Donny is going to play a big part. I realise the topic is Donny van de Beek and it’s nice for some [former] players or commentators to have a little go.I know you’re short for time when you’re on telly and you have to put your points across very quickly, but you have to know that you don’t have to start the first [league] games to be a very important player in the squad.”
It must be a slow news day in Italy.