Manchester United have emerged as frontrunners in the race to sign Ajax midfielder Donny Van de Beek.
The Guardian report that United are hopeful of signing the Dutch star who has attracted interest from several other elite clubs.
Van de Beek, 23, starred in the Ajax team that reached the Champions League semi-finals in the 2018/19 season and is one of Europe’s most talented young midfielders.
We looked at two ways United could line-up next season if they complete the signing of the versatile Dutchman.
While Van de Beek is most effective in a box-to-box role, he has experience shielding the back four and could provide the platform for Paul Pogba to roam in a double midfield pivot.
Van de Beek made six appearances in the defensive midfield role for Ajax in the 2019/20 season and has the ability to operate as Solskjaer’s anchorman ahead of Nemanja Matic.
However, Matic offers a more experienced, stable option in his familiar role and there is an argument Van de Beek could be wasted in a holding role.
Solskjaer has utilised the narrow formation sparingly at United and has admittedly had little success with the system.
But the addition of Van de Beek would add a new dimension to United’s midfield and the Dutch international could thrive in a box-to-box role in a fluid midfield with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
Van de Beek scored eight goals and registered 5 assists in the Eredivisie last term and has the ability to replace Fernandes in behind the forwards if the Portuguese playmaker is injured or in need of a rest.