Manchester United are now exploring potential destinations in Qatar with Premier League misfit Donny van de Beek not part of Erik ten Hag’s plans at Old Trafford.

Considering the trust Ten Hag has tended to place in his former Ajax charges since taking over at Manchester United – Antony, Lisandro Martinez and new £47 million goalkeeper Andre Onana – it certainly doesn’t reflect well on Donny van de Beek that the Dutch international remains something of a persona non grata with the Red Devils.

Van de Beek was a key part of the Ajax team which came within touching distance of Champions League glory under Ten Hag in 2019, scoring the winner in a 1-0 first-leg semi-final victory over Tottenham Hotspur away from home.

Such headline moments have been conspicuous by their absence for Van de Beek at Manchester United, however; left out of Ten Hag’s 25-man Champions League squad last week.

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Manchester United still hope for Donny Van de Beek exit

With windows all across Europe closing on September 1st, United are running out of options as they look to remove Van de Beek’s £120,000-a-week salary off an eye-watering wage bill.

The Saudi Arabian window slammed shut on September 7th. Turkish clubs can bring in new players until Friday, but discussions with both Galatasaray and Istanbul neighbours Fenerbahce have hit the buffers.

According to 90Min, United are now exploring potential exit routes in Qatar; their own window remaining open until September 18th. But having resisted offers throughout the summer – FC Lorient and Genoa among those given short shrift by the £35 million forgotten man – there appears to be a growing acceptance that Van de Beek will be collecting cobwebs on the Old Trafford bench until the New Year.

United now willing to accept loan deals

The report adds that discussions over a move to Real Sociedad collapsed after United demanded an obligation-to-buy clause be included in Van de Beek’s contrast.

It’s telling that Ten Hag’s side are reportedly willing to accept short-term loan deals without a purchase clause these days. 

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