Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek may well be about to make a move to the French league this summer and it has emerged a deal has been agreed for the player’s exit.
According to Santi Aouna, a French journalist, FC Lorient have agreed a loan deal with United for Van de Beek but it is unclear if there is an option to buy in, the club’s agreement for the former Ajax midfielder.
The Dutch midfielder has had an unfortunate time with injuries since Erik ten Hag took over, he suffered a serious injury against AFC Bournemouth in January and was ruled out for months.
It’s unclear whether the midfielder will accept the deal to join Lorient and the deal verges on his decision according to Aouna.
Aouna, however, also claims Van de Beek may turn down the French club as he looks for a more ‘ambitious side’. Lorient finished 10th in Ligue 1 last season.
The United midfielder’s departure was previously linked to a potential midfield addition through the door at Old Trafford.
However, it is unclear if a deal for a midfielder could be sanctioned if it’s a loan without an obligation or option to buy.
Sofyan Amrabat is seemingly the most likely midfielder, due to his cheap price and former working relationship with Ten Hag.
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Van de Beek was never really given a proper chance in the United first team under Ten Hag and his future now seems away from Old Trafford.
What’s his United legacy
The midfielder joined United for £35 million back in the summer of 2020 but he was never really given a run of games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He was shipped out on loan to Everton but he still struggled. He will now seemingly depart Old Trafford.
The problem for Van de Beek was that the attacking midfielder ahead of him was a relentless, almost inevitable, star in Bruno Fernandes.
The United fanbase believed that the Dutchman could have lined up in the pivot but it never seemed likely he could excel in this area.
His reputation has taken a hit at Old Trafford and the Dutchman leaves behind a rather forgetful legacy at Old Trafford.