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Donny van de Beek is a Dutch midfielder currently playing for Manchester United and the Netherlands National team. Born in 1997, he began playing football at an early age, joining Veensche Boys and later Ajax's youth academy in 2008. Van de Beek's list of achievements includes winning all major Dutch football titles and being a runner-up for the Europa League. Coming up through Ajax's academy, he made his debut for the senior squad in 2015, and in 2020 he was sold to Manchester United.
Donny van de Beek Football Transfer History
2020: Ajax to Manchester United – £35 Million
The 23-year-old midfielder’s career started with a local club in which his father had once played – Veensche Boys. However, the side's development resources were limited, and it didn't take long before people spotted that there is something more about van de Beek. In order to flourish and get the most out of his talent, he decided to complete a move to Ajax – a prestigious and well-settled club, arguably the best in the Netherlands. Fast forward, we know that this decision did pay off as nowadays van de Beek has turned into a world-class footballer.
Making his senior debut in 2015, he managed to score his first goal in the same campaign, netting in the Europa League. Despite that, his first season concluded with just eight appearances for the then 18-year-old. The end of the following 2016/2017 saw van de Beek really starting to draw attention and spur the transfer rumours. 2017 was the year when he was awarded his first International Senior team appearance against Romania, which boosted the football whispers that Bayern Munich has an interest in him. That's right – throughout his career, the midfielder has been on the shopping list of several elite European sides, but the first to ever inquire Ajax about him is the Bavarian side.
The rumors further intensified as some clubs were quick to follow Bayern, with Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur sending scouts to spectate their transfer target. However, something characteristic for Dutch sides happened – the player remained loyal to his team and redefined the transfer odds as he kept on strong and declined an exit. It took a further three more years to convince him to leave Ajax.
Before the beginning of the 2019/2020 season, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain were also keen on getting into the transfer news with the signing of van de Beek, but once again, he turned down the offers. A year later was when he was finally persuaded to play outside of the Eredivisie for the first time. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United parted ways with €39 Million, so the midfielder inked his contract. It seems, though, that he's facing difficulties in the Premier League and is yet to become a regular starter. The most recent gossip claims that Serie A Juventus are ready to offer van de Beek an escape route if he's to leave Manchester, but it’s still too early in the season to decide.