Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has been offered to German giants Borussia Dortmund on loan, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The report also claims that mega-rich Newcastle United have also been contacted in regards signing the Dutchman this month.
Van de Beek has continued to struggle for gametime under Ralf Rangnick, but the German did bring him off the bench against Aston Villa on Monday night.
Van de Beek’s future may be intertwined with that of reported United target Denis Zakaria, who may arrive to bolster Rangnick’s midfield this month.
Dortmund also linked with Zakaria
Earlier this week, German outlet Sport claimed that Dortmund are interested in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Zakaria.
They reported that talks had taken place between Zakaria’s new advisor and chiefs at Dortmund and that they had progressed well.
What we’re talking about here is a scenario where United loan van de Beek to Dortmund, which bolsters their midfield.
It would also theoretically leave the coast clearer for United to sign Zakaria, and if Rangnick got the Swiss international, his midfield numbers would not be depleted by allowing van de Beek to go somewhere to play more often.
It is hard to see who would lose out in that scenario, apart from maybe United fans who want to see van de Beek given a fairer crack of the whip at Old Trafford.
But surely they would also not begrudge van de Beek the chance to go somewhere and play, especially at one of the biggest clubs in Germany.
It should be noted that the report said Dortmund were unlikely to move this January, but it also added the German outfit would watch the market until the final day of the January window and at a reported fee of £5 million, they could swoop to buy Zakaria if United’s interest really firmed up.
It of course remains to be seen whether Dortmund would take van de Beek on, and there are financial considerations such as wages to consider.
But manager Marco Rose moved from Monchengladbach to Dortmund in the summer, having worked with Zakaria at Gladbach, and may well be keen to engineer a reunion.
Newcastle would theoretically be better placed to land van de Beek financially, and their desperation to get out of relegation trouble has already seen them make two January swoops, with more surely to come.
Van de Beek may also choose to stick around and fight for his place once more, although he could hardly be blamed for running out of patience.
If he did move to Dortmund, and Zakaria came to Old Trafford to replace him, that looks like a sensible scenario which suits all parties. But football – and especially United – are not always sensible, so it is unlikely to be quite as simple as that.
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