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Manchester United close in on Donny van de Beek transfer

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Manchester United are set to make Donny van de Beek their first signing in the summer transfer window.

United are still yet to add any new players since the window opened almost five weeks ago, but are confident of making the Ajax midfielder their first summer arrival after talks progressed over the weekend.

MEN Sport understands United are close to finalising agreement over a fee in the region of £40million with Ajax for the Dutch international, but are yet to agree personal terms with the player and he will need to undergo a medical.

Talks between United and Ajax accelerated over the weekend, with Van de Beek left out of the Ajax side to face Eintract Frankfurt in a friendly on Saturday.

United have held an interest in Van de Beek since the start of the year, and identified him as a possible summer addition as early as January. He was widely expected to move to Real Madrid this summer, but the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the La Liga champions out of the running.

Van de Beek previously insisted he had no intentions of leaving Ajax during the winter window, but he is open to leaving the Dutch club this summer amid interest from both United and Tottenham.

However, MEN Sport understands Spurs don’t have the funds to sign Van de Beek and are instead focusing their resources on signing a back-up striker for Harry Kane in what remains of the summer transfer window.

At 23 Van de Beek is viewed as the perfect age for a new recruit at Old Trafford, and comes with a wealth of experience in the Champions League, having played a key role in Ajax’s run to the semi-finals in 2018/19.

United are still keen to bolster their squad elsewhere before the start of the new season and remain interested in a move to sign priority target Jadon Sancho.

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