The options available to Manchester United’s Premier League misfit Donny van de Beek have just been reduced with Serie A outfit Genoa agreeing a deal to bring in one of their alternative central midfield targets.

Now, Berkan Kutlu may not possess the profile of a Donny van de Beek or a Tanguy Ndombele. But with time ticking by and with Genoa desperate to bring in a new midfielder before Friday’s deadline, the prospect of bringing in Kutlu quickly and relatively easily saw him emerged as a priority for the Ligurian outfit.

Negotiations certainly progressed a lot smoother than they may have for Ndombele or Manchester United’s forgotten man, Van de Beek. Kutlu was pictured arriving for a medical in Italy today; Fabrizio Romano reporting that the Turkey international is joining on £4.2 million loan-to-buy deal.

As for Van de Beek, the potential landing spots available to him are not exactly plentiful with just 24 hours of the window remaining.  

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Donny Van de Beek still at Manchester United

According to Le Parisien, the £35 million signing from Ajax is not exactly enamoured about the propsect of joining a mid-table FC Lorient in France. Galatasaray remain in contention, at least. And Manchester United may be hoping that Galatasaray’s reputation for jump-starting stalling careers will appeal to a player who has started only 11 Premier League games in three years at Old Trafford.

Lucas Torreira, Nicolo Zaniolo, Mauro Icardi and former Man United team-mate Juan Mata were all part of the Gala side which secured the Turkish Super Lig title in 2022/23.

Turkey move may be on the cards

“In the end, it is about him playing football week-in, week-out,” United and Dutch legend Jaap Stam tells Voetbal Nieuws of Van de Beek. “Is he going to do that under Ten Hag at the moment? I don’t think so. That didn’t happen when he was fit!

That’s a shame, because Donny is a good football player. However, the coach makes choices, and you have to dare to choose for yourself as a player.

“(Donny should think) ‘maybe I should make the move somewhere else so that I can play’.”

Van de Beek’s departure appears integral to Ten Hag’s hopes of bringing in Sofyan Amrabat from Fiorentina before the close of play tomorrow.

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