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Everton bigwig gives green light for Man Utd player

Understood to be one of the players that can leave Manchester United this January, Donny van de Beek is reportedly high on the list of Everton, according to the Toffees director of football, Marcel Brands.

The Toffees are rumoured to have enquired about the Dutch playmaker on the last day of the summer transfer window, however, boss Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blocked any exits.

Now with a firmer plan drawn up for January, Solskjaer is understood to have included De Beek on a shortlist of players who are free to leave in order to raise funds and create space for targets of his own.

Everton bigwig gives green light for Man Utd player

Would De Beek fit in at Everton?

One thing that the Toffees arguably lack currently, is someone who can pull the strings in midfield and De Beek showed consistently that he could do this while at Ajax, in a team that included some talented names.

Perhaps unlucky to be behind Paul Pogba in the pecking order at United, the Dutch midfielder certainly has talent and, not only can he pick a pass, but he is also dangerous anywhere around the penalty area.

In 175 games for Ajax, the 24-year-old scored 41 goals and registered 34 assists across all competitions, demonstrating that he clearly has the talent to succeed. Rafa Benitez is also the ideal coach to get him back to his best; the kind of manager who puts his arm around a player and boosts their confidence.

He has done this already with fellow new signings Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray, who look back to their best and an in-form De Beek with his talent should have Everton fans salivating. Able to operate just behind the striker, or as the more advanced player in a deeper, double pivot, there is no doubt that he would walk straight into the Toffees side, when fully fit and high on confidence.

Despite spending in excess of £35 million on the player, it is likely that United will want to recoup a certain percentage of that outlay, so a potential fee in the region of £18m to £22m could be what it takes to get the deal over the line.

 

The end for Rodriguez?

It is understood that Everton are also keen to offload former Real Madrid star James Rodriguez from their wage bill and the arrival of De Beek may force the player’s hand, making him realise that he may have to move elsewhere and take a pay cut.

Clearly, he is not a player who appears to be in Benitez’ plans which may become even more apparent should De Beek arrive.