Donny van de Beek has to ‘mentally adjust’ to being at Manchester United because it is ‘in every way a beast of a club’, warns Robin van Persie ahead of Ajax midfielder’s £40m transfer
- Donny van de Beek is set to be Manchester United’s first signing of the summer
- The 23-year-old is set to join on a five-year deal from Ajax in a £40m transfer
- He has agreed a five-year contract around £107,000-a-week before bonuses
Manchester United great Robin van Persie has warned Donny van de Beek about the pressures of playing for the club ahead of his £40m transfer.
Van de Beek is set to join from boyhood club Ajax imminently – in what will be United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing of the summer.
The 23-year-old has agreed a five-year contract around £107,000-a-week before bonuses.
Donny van de Beek has been warned about the pressures at Man United by Robin van Persie
Van de Beek is set to join United imminently in a £40m transfer from boyhood club Ajax
Van Persie says the Premier League is a ‘completely different world’ to the Dutch Eredivisie
Van Persie and Van de Beek train together as part of the Holland squad in August 2017
While Van Persie – who was the catalyst for the Red Devils’ 2012-13 title – is delighted for his Dutch compatriot, he has warned Van de Beek that the Premier League is a ‘completely different world’ to the Eredivisie and that his hefty price tag won’t count for much inside the United dressing room.
‘Donny van de Beek is 23-years-old and that is a nice age to make a transfer to the Premier League,’ Van Persie wrote in his column for De Telegraaf.
‘I was a bit younger when I went to Arsenal, and in the locker room, I was considered a player for the future. Winning the UEFA Cup with Feyenoord meant nothing. The Premier League is a completely different world.
‘Donny will be brought in as a major purchase from Manchester United, but he will discover that those other 22 players have also been brought in as a “major purchase”. One had an even bigger transfer than the other.
‘It means that he has to stand there right away and he has to mentally adjust to that. Because Manchester United is in every way a beast of a club.’
Van Persie was the catalyst for the Red Devils’ Premier League title win during the 2012-13 term
Van de Beek’s imminent arrival could see him now form part of an exciting United midfield trio alongside Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes. Solskjaer will now push on with plans to at least sign another centre back and a right winger – with Jadon Sancho the No 1 target in the latter position.
Van de Beek has delayed his arrival to the Holland national team camp in order to complete his Manchester United medical.
He is in the Holland squad for their Nations League games at home to Poland and Italy, but will link up with the squad later than was initially planned.
His father, Andre van de Beek, has described the transfer as ‘a dream come true’.
As reported by Omroep Gelderland, he said: ‘This is a dream come true. It’s the perfect moment for him to make this step to such a beautiful club. Many clubs were interested, but Donny took this decision himself.’
He could form part of a tantalising midfield alongside Paul Pogba (left) and Bruno Fernandes
Talking from their home village of Nijkerkerveen, Andre said his phone has not stopped since news of the transfer broke. He added: ‘Its a proud village.’
Negotiations over a deal for Van de Beek accelerated on Sunday after United stepped up their interest.
Tottenham reportedly made a last-ditch attempt to lure Van de Beek, but he is eager to join United after being convinced by Solskjaer.
A product of Ajax’s famous academy, the midfielder has made 175 appearances for the Dutch club, scoring 41 goals.
He won the Eredivisie and the Dutch Cup in the 2018-19 campaign, and was part of the Ajax side that was beaten by United in the 2017 Europa League final.
Van de Beek scored 41 goals in 175 appearances for Ajax after coming through their academy