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02/01/2024 14:41

Man Utd’s lineup is expected to change again – and supporters will approve

Donny van de Beek has joined Eintracht Frankfurt on loan through the end of the season, according to a statement from Manchester United.

Donny van de Beek’s move to Frankfurt on loan from Manchester United has been officially confirmed after being in progress for several weeks. This transition marks a shift for the Dutch player after enduring a challenging period at Old Trafford, where injuries and frequent changes in coaching staff prevented him from settling into the rhythm of the Premier League.

Initially acquired by Manchester United from Ajax in 2020 for €39 million, the transfer seemed favorable given his Estimated Transfer Value (ETV) at the time, which stood at a substantial €51 million. However, since his move from Amsterdam to Manchester, Van de Beek’s performance trajectory has taken a downward turn, with his current ETV dwindling to a mere €6.8 million. If Frankfurt chooses to make his loan permanent, it will result in a significant financial loss for Man Utd. The buy option stands at €11 million with possible additional payments of up to €3 million, alongside Frankfurt covering a portion of his wages and paying a nominal loan fee.

Van de Beek had expressed his intention to seek opportunities elsewhere weeks ago, emphasizing the urgency to play regularly. Frankfurt’s sporting director, Markus Krösche, praised Van de Beek’s alignment with their style of play and highlighted his extensive international experience as beneficial for their younger squad members. Krösche highlighted Van de Beek’s role in generating promising attacking opportunities.

Under the guidance of new coach Dino Toppmöller, Frankfurt has experienced a fluctuating campaign. Despite their sixth position in the Bundesliga standings, their form has been inconsistent, contrasting with their league position.

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