Van de Beek played no part in Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Eintracht Frankfurt and Ajax manager Erik ten Hag fuelled speculation of an impending move by confirming that the midfielder’s absence was not due to injury.
Barcelona had been favourites to land Van de Beek at the start of the summer but United have jumped to the front of the queue for the 23-year-old’s signature, with Solskjaer desperate to strengthen his options in the middle of the park for the new campaign.
In a surprise turn of events, Van de Beek reportedly informed his Ajax team-mates that he’s set for an imminent switch to Old Trafford after advanced discussions with the Red Devils’ head coach.
According to The Daily Mirror, Solskjaer told Van de Beek he wants him to help close the sizeable gap that exists between United and rivals Liverpool and Manchester City with a view to returning the club to its former glory.
The Dutchman was assured he would be a cornerstone of Solskjaer’s project should he join this summer.
It’s understood an offer of around £40million could be enough to strike a deal with Ajax for Van de Beek.
The Netherlands international has been with Ajax since the age of ten but has told chief executive Edwin van der Sar and sporting director Marc Overmars that he’s played his last match for the club.
low him to leave for free ahead of the new season.
But La Liga confirmed on Sunday that any team wishing to sign Messi would have to meet his eye-watering €700million (£632m) at the Camp Nou.