GN View: Everton should ramp up pursuit of Donny Van de Beek
Everton should revisit their interest in Manchester United midfielder Donny Van de Beek this month after ESPN claimed he was open to a move.
The Toffees tried to take the former Ajax midfielder on loan in the summer, only for then-United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to opt to keep him at the club instead [Metro].
But despite the new manager and poor form of Manchester United this season, Van de Beek’s playing time hasn’t improved and he is now open to moving in January again.
According to ESPN, manager Ralf Rangnick has given the Dutch international assurances over more game time in the second half of the season and wants to keep him but Van de Beek isn’t convinced.
That should open the door for Everton to return to Old Trafford with a new proposal and improve their own chances of turning their season around.
Van de Beek is an energetic and technically secure midfielder who would immediately add quality to the current options at Goodison Park.
With a point to prove and the type of attributes that Benitez likes in a midfield player, it’s hard to see how any transfer could go wrong between the two parties – especially if on a temporary basis.
Van de Beek was open to making the move in the summer so it’s unlikely that would have changed on his side of things. For Everton, the urgency of getting a deal done should be even greater now.
They have suffered with heavy injury problems all season and have picked up just one league win in the last 12 games, leaving them in 15th place eight points above the drop zone.
There is a clear opportunity here for Everton to improve their squad with a player who was described as ‘close to perfect‘ by Owen Hargreaves last season. They shouldn’t sleep on it.