Is van de Beek’s signing the end for Jesse Lingard & company?

7:15pm Sep 3 2020

Manchester United have signed Donny van de Beek from Ajax on a five-year deal for a fee rising to £39m

After keeping fans waiting for so long, Manchester United have finally made a splash in the transfer window, with more than multiple sources confirming the Manchester club deal for Ajax’s Donny van de Beek will be finalised imminently.

The Dutch international will cost the club just shy of £40 million, according to Sky Sports. The rumoured price tag of 40 million pounds represents a significant outlay in the post coronavirus market, even for a global brand such as United.

The report from Sky Sports read below:

“Donny van de Beek has agreed on personal terms with Manchester United and will complete a medical in the coming days ahead of a £40m move from Ajax.

“The deal, which is thought to be in the region of €39m, plus another €5m in add-ons, is expected to be completed in the next few days while the player is on international duty with the Netherlands. (Via: Sky Sports)”

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder is, however, one of the most sought-after youngsters on the continent, with the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and more reportedly in the running for his signature so far.

In fact, Van de Beek almost secure a move to Real Madrid prior to the shutdown of Dutch football and cancellation of the Eredivisie season.

However, it seems like the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on world football has favoured the Red Devils, with United set to pip Los Blancos to his signature.

Van de Beek broke into the first team at Dutch champions Ajax in 2015 and has been a regular starter for over four seasons now.

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He truly rose to prominence, however, following his starring role in Ajax’s fairytale Champions League campaign the 2018/19 season, alongside fellow academy graduates Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt.

The season past, the Dutchman bagged 14 goals and 7 assists in all competitions, in just 34 games, playing in both attacking and more deep-lying roles.

He will be the second major midfield exit at the Johan Cruijff Arena, following Hakim Ziyech’s recent transfer to Chelsea.

No matter if the 2020/21 season will be played in a “bubble” too, several betting and casino websites, like casinos en ligne, have already been considering Van de Beek an odds-on favorite for the leading top score in the Premier League after ten matches.

Is van de Beek’s signing the end for Lingard & company?

When he does arrive at Old Trafford, then it raises the question of many United’s underperforming young bloods futures at the club.

The likes of Jesse Lingard (a United academy graduate) and Juan Mata, already sidelined following the signing of Bruno Fernandes in January, maybe on their way out of the club together. The Red Devils new signings and more recent academy are looking more likely to be handed starting opportunities over the likes of Lingard and Mata.

Mata and Lingard, both members of the Red Devils’ Europa League-winning squad in 2017, failed to live up to expectations last season, contributing a mere seven goals and eight assists between them, despite both featuring more than 30 times each in all competitions.

Coupled with new midfield signings, van de Beek included, might well signal a changing of the guard at the Old Trafford, who are looking to finally shake off the rumoured mediocrity of the post-Ferguson era.

As a matter of fact, other websites, like blackjack games for real money, are already placing the Dutchman as a candidate for the club’s first man of the match award for the 2020/21 season.

Moving the deadwood on, which is easier said than done, will finally allow United boss to mold the team to his liking, getting rid of underperforming veterans on monster contracts, and making the club a place for Europe’s best young talent once more.