Everton and Wolves reportedly in talks to loan van de Beek in January

Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek recently changed his agent.

The Dutchman has cut ties with previous representative Guido Albers and taken on Ali Dursun, who has United teammate Victor Lindelof on his books.

The Daily Mail report that when Albers was still van de Beek’s agent, he held talks with Everton and Wolves over a potential January exit.

It remains to be seen whether Dursun will progress those talks any further, but what would each option mean for the playmaker?

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Rafa Benitez has made the Toffees hard to beat on the whole, with the 5-2 collapse against Watford a rare exception.

Van de Beek would likely play in the number ten role if he went to Goodison Park.

That is because Benitez prefers athletic, disciplined holding players and pacey widemen.

Looking from the outside, it seems a good fit, and Benitez has polished up Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend this season.

Van de Beek has more talent than both men, and just needs a run of games to get form and confidence.

That said, Benitez played down links to van de Beek after deadline day in the summer, so it remains to be seen how Everton’s interest develops.

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Bruno Lage’s side play a 3-4-2-1 formation, with quick wingers in the two forward positions.

Van de Beek would provide an alternative in those areas, but it seems most likely Wolves would want him to play in the heart of midfield.

They only have three options there at present; Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker.

Van de Beek has the blend of technique and hard work Lage would be looking for in that area of the pitch, and he could form a good partnership with Neves in particular.

That said, Neves has been linked with United in the past and some fans may want to see the Portuguese coming the other way if van de Beek goes to Molineux.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.