Donny van de Beek is anticipated to leave Manchester United this summer, but there is now just one way out, through Turkey, and there is no assurance that a deal will be reached.
Despite not being named to the 25-man roster for the Champions League group stages, Donny van de Beek may remain at Manchester United through the end of January.
Van van Beek won’t be leaving for Saudi Arabia before tonight at 10 p.m. for the Saudi Pro League deadline, leaving Turkey as his only conceivable destination given that country’s transfer window is still open till next week (September 15).
Even though there are still eight days remaining in the Turkish Super Lig transfer season, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray have expressed interest in the 26-year-old this summer. However, a transfer is not yet considered to be a lock.
Galatasaray has been considering a deal for United midfielder Van de Beek for a few weeks, but on Tuesday, they bought midfielder Tanguy Ndombele on a loan from Tottenham, which may have an impact on their plans. Additionally, the two teams are in the same Champions League division.
What went wrong for Van de Beek was a broken promise and Solskjaer’s doubt.
Still a possibility for the Holland international is Fenerbahce. This summer has been successful for the two teams as Fred recently moved to Istanbul for €10 million plus €5 million in add-ons. Altay Bayindir, a goalkeeper from Fenerbahce, was also acquired by United by exercising a €5 million release clause.
Van de Beek has been left out of three consecutive matchday squads in the Premier League, with Erik ten Hag saying after the loss at Tottenham that he was seeking for “something else.”
Another clue that he won’t play this season is the decision to keep his former Ajax midfielder off the Champions League roster. Kobbie Mainoo is on the path to recovery, while Sofyan Amrabat was signed on deadline day to bolster the midfield ranks.
Van de Beek may not make United’s 25-man Premier League roster, which must be finalized on Wednesday, September 13.
Eric Bailly signed a free transfer agreement with Besiktas late on Tuesday night, becoming the first undesired United player to complete a move to Turkey this week.
While Real Sociedad and Lorient expressed interest in signing Van de Beek on a loan, United also explored selling the midfielder permanently during the summer. A short-term move hasn’t been ruled out, but neither has the midfielder staying with the team until January.