Transfer insider Pete O’Rourke can see Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek joining Crystal Palace before the transfer deadline.
The south London club are said to be interested in signing the 24-year-old as Patrick Vieira looks to add to his squad.
What is the latest news involving Van de Beek?
According to the reliable Fabrizio Romano, Palace are in talks to bring Van de Beek to Selhurst Park on loan.
The Dutchman joined United from Ajax in an initial £35m deal back in 2020 but has barely featured at Old Trafford since making that move.
Van de Beek was constantly overlooked by former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite the Norwegian being the one to bring him to the club, and that theme has only continued under Ralf Rangnick.
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What has O’Rourke said about Van de Beek to Palace?
O’Rourke now believes a move to Palace is possible, telling GIVEMESPORT that he thinks the player would be interested in linking up with Vieira.
Speaking to GMS, the football journalist said: “Interesting one this, I could see it happening. A move to Palace is something I’m sure that is attractive to him.”
Would Van de Beek be a good signing for Palace?
Without a doubt. Van de Beek is a quality player; he is just not getting an opportunity at United for whatever reason.
Looking at some of his stats from his days at Ajax, they are excellent. In the 2018/19 season, the Netherlands international managed to score nine goals and provide 10 assists as Erik ten Hag’s men went on to claim the Eredivisie title.
He, of course, also impressed in that fantastic Champions League campaign that term which saw Ajax reach the semi-finals of the competition.
Van de Beek came up with five goal contributions during the tournament (excluding qualifiers), striking in the first leg of that semi-final against Tottenham, but was also averaging 2.2 tackles per game (via WhoScored), showing that he could also do the nitty-gritty work.
In general, his time in his homeland was a success, but the Premier League is obviously a different ball game. This is no guarantee that he can be as effective in the English top flight if given regular playing time.
Still, he needs to at least be given a chance to try and showcase his skill, which he has just not got at Old Trafford. Therefore, a move to Selhurst Park could be just what he needs in this moment of time.