Everton could offer £35m for the perfect January transfer scenario for Manchester United

It was reported this week that clubs have been questioned over a possible loan transfer of Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek.

The Dutchman was close to joining Everton in the summer but stayed at Old Trafford and was assured he would be given more minutes on the pitch by then-manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

However, he has yet to start in the Premier League this season, and has been struggling to secure regular playing time even since the arrival of Ralf Rangnick.

A broader consequence of his struggles in England is that the Dutchman has missed three consecutive call-ups to the Dutch national team, and with the World Cup looming, he is in danger of failing to return to Louis van Gaal’s plans.

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This could mean the 24-year-old will be keen to secure a short-term move in order to play more regularly, and such options appear to be being explored by those in his camp.

With that in mind, it will be interesting to see if Everton will spark their interest again.

As a profile, Van de Beek is a multi-purpose player with the potential to bring more quality to Everton’s play on possession.

It is organized and arranged on the ball with excellent movement and positioning without it. He rarely turns the ball and has an impressive passing success rate of over 86% last season.

However, for United, he has often been very cautious about the ball.

At Ajax, domination of the ball was key, but at Old Trafford there is an expectation of midfielders and forwards with passing and attacking with more goal, Bruno Fernandes is the club’s best example of that.

And at Everton, where possession is rarely prioritized – Benitez’s men have the second lowest average in the league so far – they also need a midfielder who can offer a greater penetration than midfield.

Remarkably, then, it is worth noting that Van de Beek’s average pass length of 13.87 metres was the shortest of the 101 Premier League midfielders who played over 600 minutes in the league last season.

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He also tried to get the second lowest number of progressive passes per 90 of that group.

It can be argued that choosing to play more short, safe balls rather than attempting more high-stakes and rewarding passes has been a major reason why he has struggled for success in England thus far.

Although in his defense very few minutes on the field combined with the nature of his role in his cameo appearances, for example, he may be behind and be expected to maintain possession rather than attempt actions that might lead to turnovers. Expensive, factor for its underwhelming effect.

It could also be the lack of confidence, as he was one of the most exciting young midfielders in Europe at Ajax.

His numbers were better there too, averaging almost twice as many forward passes for Ajax in his final season as he did for United last season.

Perhaps in a more stable environment, the Dutchman could rediscover his best form again.

And given that Everton lack a profile like his current squad, it makes sense that they would try to offer him a platform to do so.


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