MANCHESTER United have made Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek their first signing of the summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have paid an initial £34.1million for the 23-year-old, a key figure in Ajax’s run to last year’s Champions League semi-finals, who signed a five-year deal.
‘I cannot begin to explain how incredible an opportunity it is to join a club with such an amazing history,’ said Van de Beek (pictured), who was linked with Real Madrid before the coronavirus shutdown. ‘I’d like to thank everyone at Ajax. I grew up there and I will always have a special bond.
‘I am now ready to take the next step in my career and perform at the highest level and there is no higher standard than Manchester United.
‘Having spoken to the manager about his vision, the direction the club is going in is hugely exciting and I cannot wait to be a part of that.’
Van de Beek (pictured) came through the ranks at Ajax and has gone on to establish himself in the Holland national team. He will head to Manchester after a Nations League double-header with Poland and Italy.
United boss Solskjaer said: ‘Donny has all of the technical attributes needed to perform in this team and has the personality required to succeed at Manchester United.
‘His ability to see space, time his movements and read the game will really complement the qualities we have in midfield and his arrival really strengthens the depth of talent we have in that position.’
United’s big summer signing was expected to be Jadon Sancho, but their efforts to sign the England forward have stalled in recent weeks. But having moved swiftly to secure one of Europe’s most coveted midfielders, a fresh bid for Sancho could be next.