Donny van de Beek had already made his choice and now Ajax and Manchester United have also agreed on a transfer of the midfielder. Van de Beek signs a five-year contract with the English club, with an option for another year.
Ajax will receive at least 39 million euros for Van de Beek. That amount can be increased to 44 million by means of bonuses.
“I cannot express in words how great this opportunity is to be part of a club with such a great history. I want to thank everyone at Ajax and I will always be connected to the club”, said Van de Beek in a reaction on the website of Manchester United.
At United, Van de Beek faces stiff competition in midfield, with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba among others. “They are among the best midfielders in the world. I will be able to learn from many of them and bring my own qualities“, said the former Ajacied.
Van de Beek will play at United with number 34, as a tribute to his bosom friend and former player Abdelhak Nouri. Nouri, who wore that number with Ajax, suffered serious brain damage in 2017 due to heart failure during a practice match.
The 23-year-old midfielder has played with Ajax since he was eleven. For the past five years, he has been part of the A-selection. He played 175 official games in the Ajax-shirt, in which he scored 41 times.
United-trainer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is gilded with the arrival of Van de Beek. “He has all the technical baggage to perform in our team and he has the personality to be successful at United. He sees the space, can read races and always moves at the right moments. This makes him complementary to the qualities of the other midfielders”