Premier League giants Manchester United have, on Thursday, been dealt a potentially significant blow on the transfer front.
This comes amid claims that the Red Devils’ efforts to shift an out-of-favour member of Erik ten Hag’s midfield ranks have hit a speedbump.
The player in question? Donny van de Beek.
The subject of van de Beek’s future, of course, has reemerged as a major talking point on the red half of Manchester over the course of the last few weeks.
The Dutchman is understood to be out of the first-team project at Old Trafford, with La Liga outfit Real Sociedad, in turn, having set their sights firmly on his signature.
Negotiations between the respective boards at United and Sociedad were therefore kicked firmly into gear last month.
Ensuing reports, meanwhile, pointed towards progress being found in efforts to strike a loan deal.
As alluded to above, however, if the latest word stemming from the media on Thursday is anything to go by, then such endeavours appear to have stalled.
As per a report from transfer journalist Jacque Talbot, discussions over van de Beek’s move to Spain have hit a sudden ‘impasse’.
It now remains to be seen whether the issue at hand, at present unspecified, can be overcome.