It’s been a quiet month for the Eagles, who are yet to bring in any acquisitions after a busy summer of signings, but they could have an eventful end to the winter window.
What is the latest news involving Van de Beek?
According to well-known journalist Fabrizio Romano, many clubs are interested in signing Van de Beek, with Palace and La Liga outfit Valencia believed to be leading the charge for his signature.
Ralf Rangnick’s charges are believed to be open to allowing Van de Beek – who is valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt – to depart on a temporary basis for both footballing and financial reasons if a suitable offer arrives.
However, it’s also claimed that the Red Devils will only consider a loan deal until the end of the season with no option to buy as the creative talent’s situation will be reassessed next season when a new manager is at the helm.
What has Barclay said about Van de Beek?
Barclay has provided an update on Palace’s pursuit of Van de Beek, revealing how the 24-year-old is seen as someone who could add some more experience to Patrick Vieira’s squad.
He told GiveMeSport: “So, Vieira spoke last week where he was asked flat out at a press conference, ‘Would you like some more experience to be brought in during this window?’ I think his answer was essentially, ‘Yes, I’d like some more experience.’
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“Van de Beek, despite not having a lot of Premier League experience because he hasn’t played much, would fall into that category. A Dutch international, he’s got 19 caps, obviously had those amazing European runs with Ajax, and who’s also interestingly Dennis Bergkamp’s son-in-law.
“Obviously, Bergkamp and Vieira know each other, I don’t know if that has come into play at all, I wouldn’t be surprised if it has, and they are pushing for him. So that is definitely one to watch.”
What has gone wrong for Van de Beek?
Van de Beek arrived on English shores with a sizeable reputation back in September 2020 after bagging 41 goals and providing 34 assists in 175 appearances for boyhood club Ajax.
He also helped the Dutch giants to a domestic double in 2018/19 while playing a pivotal part in their run to the Champions League semi-finals during the same season.
But he’s not been given a chance to shine at United. Over the last 18 months, Van de Beek has started just four Premier League games and has been awarded only 380 minutes of first-team action this term.
A short-term switch to Palace, therefore, could be the spark he needs to revive his career, whether that’s at United or elsewhere.