How Manchester United won the race to win Van de Beek (Part 1)

In the delay, when Donny van de Beek signed a preliminary contract with Real, but Man Utd still won the race to win 23-year-old Dutch midfielder.

Man Utd poster welcomes Van de Beek to join the team. The Dutch midfielder has a transfer fee of 48 million USD, signed a five-year contract with Man Utd and will join the army from next week, after the meeting of the Board of Directors.

Van de Beek is what Man Utd was missing

Van de Beek emerged 15 months ago, when Ajax turned Europe on their way to the semi-finals of the Champions League. They defeated Real Madrid in the eighth round, then defeated Juventus in the quarterfinals.

Van de Beek commanded the Ajax midfield in a 4-1 win at the Bernabeu, and then scored in a 2-1 win in Turin. In the Champions League semi-final against Tottenham, Van de Beek also scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory in the away leg.

In the summer of 2019, when Matthijs De Ligt went to Juventus for $ 84 million, Frenkie De Jong landed in Barca through a $ 86.5 million deal, Van de Beek should also leave Ajax. As soon as he arrived in London to prepare for the match with Tottenham, his representative received a series of partners.

According to The Athletic, Arsenal sent out football director Raul Sanllehi, West Ham sent someone who would later hold a similar position at the club, Mario Husillos, and Tottenham had head of scouting Steve Hitchen. Man Utd also contributed to the fun.

Club representative Matt Judge invited Van de Beek to the office “Red Devils” in London. It is not really a meeting to invite Van de Beek, but simply a social acquaintance to maintain the relationship, because Van de Beek is just a name in the long list of Ajax players that Man Utd is interested in.

Matt Judge served as Man Utd’s Cooperative Development Director for several years, and is now in charge of club contract negotiations. He is the bridge between the team and the player’s representatives, with the task of making sure the deals are the most effective. During that period, Man Utd did not really care about Van de Beek. They had Roy Beukenkamp as head of scouting in the Netherlands, with the role of connecting Ajax and Man Utd.