The relationship between the two sides only really strengthened in August 2020. Van de Beek returned to the Netherlands after a summer break in Greece with his family, and was told that there was an Premier League team that not only pursued, but also offered an offer.
The offer kicked off a deal that was finally closed on Monday, when Van de Beek signed a five-year contract with a weekly salary of around $ 120,000, with the option to automatically renew one year. The transfer fee paid to Ajax is 48 million USD, excluding the bonus fee.
The intervention of coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The intervention of coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has contributed to speeding up this deal. The content of the talk was kept confidential, but it was not out of the question of Van de Beek’s adaptation to Man Utd.
The young Dutchman was excited as Solskjaer explained why he would be the right partner for Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in midfield. Man Utd also needs to increase the depth of the squad, and what Solskjaer said is enough to convince Van de Beek to make a decision.
One of Solskjaer’s biggest disappointments last season was the lack of options from the bench, making him dependent on a team of players including Fernandes, Pogba, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Van de Beek will give Solskajer more options. The Dutch midfielder can play in the deep number 6, or contribute his creativity in the 8th or 10th place. Solskjaer wants the midfielders to score more goals, and he sees the qualities of Frank Lampard with Paul Scholes at Van de Beek.
Excluding penalties, Man Utd’s central midfielders contributed 48 goals in the last three seasons in all competitions. In the same period, Van de Beek alone scored 40 goals in 133 matches and did not score from the penalty spot.
His average goal rate without penalty kicks is better than that of Pogba (3.3 games per goal vs. seven games per goal) and is close to the record of Fernandes, the player who scored 40 goals in 137 games in the same league. stage.
Only 23 years old, Van de Beek’s peak is ahead. Not only does he have experience playing in the Netherlands, but he is also seasoned in the Champions League and played 10 games for the Dutch team.