It goes without saying that some transfer reports hardly add up. We will look back at them at the end of the transfer window, laugh and act like they were never believable in the first place.
We’ve come across another one of those stories. The type that really doesn’t add up.
When Erik ten Hag was appointed Manchester United manager, one player came to mind that I thought would be over the moon with the news.
Donny van de Beek has endured a difficult time at United and was sent on loan to Everton for the second half of last season. His six months at Goodison Park was hindered by knocks and niggles, although Frank Lampard spoke highly of him as a player while Everton narrowly avoided relegation.
You would think that after working together at Ajax, and having a very good relationship with Ten Hag, the last thing Van de Beek would be thinking about is leaving Old Trafford?
Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera claims the former Ajax star has offered himself to AS Roma ahead of the new season, as cited by Sport Witness.
However, when asked about a reunion with Van de Beek, Ten Hag said he was looking forward to it.
“I had a really good relationship with him and, of course, I’m looking forward to meeting him again on the pitch,” said Ten Hag, as per the Manchester Evening News.
Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic both leave the club at the end of the month, so the United manager won’t have many options in midfield, giving the Netherlands a greater chance of earning a place in the starting line-up.
Surely a regular spot in the team next season is achievable under Ten Hag?