The bombshell that Roberto Olabe had up his sleeve is called Donny Van De Beek. Real Sociedad is negotiating with Manchester United the formula to sign the 26-year-old Dutch midfielder, who has just had not very good seasons, but who a few years ago was one of the most sought-after players on the European market.
Van de Beek would arrive as a substitute for David Silva, who leaves a difficult gap to fill in Real Sociedad’s midfield. This is a player who can act in different positions in the midfield, but always with an offensive vocation and with the ability to see football clearly in the last meters that the San Sebastian team needs after learning of the retirement of the Canarian footballer. The talks are advanced between the two clubs, as Noticias de Gipuzkoa has advanced and Diario AS has been able to confirm. It remains to reach the formula of the agreement, which everything indicates that it will be through an assignment with a purchase option in June of next year.
Negotiations are ongoing, but there is still no agreement on the deal formula and personal terms. The purchase option and other variables of the operation are those that still remain to be outlined. The purchase option can be around between 10 and 12 million euros, but more relevant is also establishing the salary that the Royal Society would take over. Conversations between the clubs continue, as well as with Donny Van de Beek’s agents, especially with a view to the future, to see what his salary would be if he finally signed for Real. Manchester United have the Dutch player on the market and expect him to leave so they can sign Amrabat.
Donny Van de Beek still has a contract with the ‘red devils’ until June 2025. This is a player who was formed in the Ajax youth academy, and who was signed by Manchester United in 2020 in exchange for 50 million euros, when Real Madrid was also behind his hiring. The reality is that at the Old Trafford club he has hardly had a leading role. In 2021-22 he was on loan at Everton, playing only seven games. And last season he was under the orders of Erik Ten Hag at United going unnoticed because he only played seven games. Manchester United is looking for a way out for him, but Van de Beek also wants a new destination in which to relaunch a career that was aiming very high. He was a regular in the calls for the Dutch National Team, with which he has already played 19 games.