Fabrizio Romano has been discussing how Donny van de Beek almost joined Everton, on the Here We Go podcast.
Reports emerged around deadline day that Everton were looking to make some late moves in the transfer window in the form of bringing in Salomon Rondon and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, however, only the former ended up arriving at Goodison Park.
Should Everton have signed Van de Beek?
Now though, Romano has confirmed that Van de Beek’s agent did indeed speak to Everton about a loan move for the Dutch midfielder, only for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to pull the plug, despite not handing him a single minute thus far this campaign.
“Everton on deadline day, they were more than close to signing Donny van de Beek. They had an agreement with the player, they had the project for the player to make him a starter, to give him some game time, so they were prepared to sign Donny van de Beek on loan from Manchester United.
“They were also prepared to give Manchester United what they wanted for Donny van de Beek, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been really clear with the agent of the player, with the player himself, telling Van de Beek, ‘I want you to stay here’, as Van de Beek said to FIVE UK with Rio Ferdinand. He said, ‘we want you to stay, we trust you, we want you to stay’.
“Of course, Donny van de Beek, from what I’m told, he was not so happy because he was not played. In the first three matches of the season with Manchester United, he was never playing one single minute.
“So he wanted to understand what was going to happen and also with Everton prepared to sign him, it was a big chance for the player, but now, trust me – Van de Beek is a fantastic professional, he will be working 24 hours per day to improve himself, to show Manchester United his skills.”
TIF Thoughts on Van de Beek’s situation…
Van de Beek would have been a good signing had the Toffees managed to bring in the Dutch midfielder – especially if Rafa Benitez could have rediscovered the form that the Dutchman showcased during his time at Ajax before he was shunned to the side at Man United.
Following the transfer window shutting, Van de Beek spoke on the FIVE YouTube channel claiming that he has full trust in what Solskjaer has told him about being in his plans for this season, despite his lack of appearances both this and last season, though it seems something has to give considering the length of time he has spent out of the first team and the interest being shown in him.