By Nick Ware

7th Sep, 2021 | 3:10pm

Fabrizio Romano opens up on Everton collapsed deal for Donny van de Beek

Fabrizio Romano has opened up on just how close Everton were to signing Donny van de Beek on transfer deadline day.

Speaking on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast [07/09/21], Romano claims a deal for the 24-year-old was agreed by two parties, but crucially not by the selling club.

“Everton on deadline day, they were more than close to signing van de Beek,” he said.

“They had an agreement with the player and they had a project for the player to make him a starter to give him game time so they were prepared to sign him on loan from Manchester United. They were also prepared to give Manchester United what they wanted for van de Beek but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been very clear telling him [he wants him to stay].

“From what I’m told van de Beek he was not so happy because he wasn’t playing.”

“Everton were really, really close, [Rafa] Benitez wanted him, the whole board wanted him so it was more than an idea, it was a done deal really between Everton and van de Beek but Manchester United said no.”

Shame

Van de Beek would have been a major signing for Everton, albeit on loan.

The Netherlands international would have added guile and goals to the Everton midfield which is lacking in both.

Abdoulaye Doucoure can score goals from the middle but the likes of Allan, Fabian Delph, Jean-Philippe Gbamin are severely lacking in that department.

It remains to be seen just whether van de Beek will be handed enough opportunities to impress at Old Trafford before January.

It appears unlikely given the strong competition ahead of him, and if he doesn’t work his way in, the Blues will surely be first to knock at the door again for his sevices.

In other Everton news, an agent has shared a major injury development on big-money Blues player.

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