Manchester United could miss out on a key departure after Real Sociedad reportedly ‘ruled out’ signing Donny van de Beek this summer despite being in talks over a move for the Dutchman.
The Spanish side were negotiating a loan move for the 26-year-old, who was seemingly certain to leave Old Trafford this summer as Erik ten Hag looks to rejuvenate his midfield ahead of the new campaign.
Injured for much of last season, Van de Beek made just two Premier League starts and following the arrival of Mason Mount from Chelsea in a deal worth £55m, he has fallen yet further down the pecking order.
It was expected that he would move to La Liga side Sociedad, who are on the hunt for a new midfielder after David Silva’s shock injury and retirement. However, Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo have now claimed that the signing has been ‘ruled out’.
Instead, Sociedad have switched their focus to Russian attacker Arsen Zakharyan, and when they sign him they will drop their interest in the Dutchman, leaving United high and dry.
Manchester United have already confirmed the departure of Brazilian Fred, who has joined Galatasaray in a deal thought to be worth around £12m. As it stands, they are negotiating for a defender in anticipation of Harry Maguire’s impending exit to West Ham United, but they are also expected to be in the market for a midfielder before the transfer window slams shut.
They have been linked with moves for Everton’s Amadou Onana as well as OGC Nice midfielder Kephren Thuram and Sofyan Amrabat of Fiorentina, with Liverpool having also shown an interest in the latter duo.
Ten Hag’s side kick off their Premier League campaign against Wolves on Monday night, and will be expected to mount a title charge following their significant investment this summer.