Barcelona eager to sign €30m-rated Man United midfielder

Barcelona have been offered the opportunity to sign Man United midfielder Donny van de Beek but the footballer is intent on fighting for his future at the Theatre of Dreams.

The Netherlands international joined Man United in a £34m deal from Ajax in 2020, with Man United capitalising on the lack of competition for Donny’s signature due to the financial effects of the pandemic.

However, Van de Beek endured a difficult opening season in the northwest as he scored just once in all tournaments and managed only four PL starts.

That’s led to speculation that the Dutchman could leave after only 12 months at the club, with Real Madrid said to be interested in signing the Dutch midfielder on loan before purchasing him in 2022. However, Barcelona have also been offered the opportunity to sign the former Ajax playmaker.

Though it’s unclear whether the proposal came via Red Devils or Donny’s representatives, Barcelona considered the move and contemplated offering centre-back Samuel Umtiti in return in order to bring down the price.

But the Dutch midfielder has made it clear to Man United that he intends to fight for his spot at the club and he returned to training today after missing the European Championships through injury.

The fact Donny did not participate in the Euros could help him start the season in the Norwegian manager’s starting line-up, given the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba are still on holiday. Man United are ready to announce the capture of Jadon Sancho this week for a fee of nearly £73m.