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Man United willing to swap Donny van de Beek to secure 21-year-old Italian starlet

Nicolo Zaniolo of AS Roma during the Serie A football match between Juventus FC and AS Roma at Juventus stadium in Turin Italy, August 1st, 2020. Play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease. Photo Andrea Staccioli / Insidefoto andreaxstaccioli

Manchester United willing to swap Donny van de Beek for Nicolo Zaniolo

According to Roma News (h/t The Express), Manchester United were willing to part ways with Donny van de Beek to sign AS Roma wonderkid Nicolo Zaniolo.

The Dutchman joined United last summer and was our marquee signing. Despite his ability, Van de Beek has struggled to impress at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old has had his moments but they have been few and far between. In fact, most of them have come off the bench.

Manchester United were willing to swap Donny van de Beek for Nicolo Zaniolo
Van de Beek has struggled at United (COLORSPORT/TERRY DONNELLY)

This has led to much speculation that the Red Devils will cut their losses going into the summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to strengthen his squad and the Dutchman could be one of the players to make way.

According to the report, the Red Devils attempted to use Van de Beek as bait to lure Roma into selling Zaniolo. While the Italians are keen on the Dutchman, they are in no mood to sell their prized youngster.

The 21-year-old is one of the finest young players in the Italian top-flight. Unfortunately, a couple of cruciate ligament injuries have seen him make just a handful of appearances in the last two years.

United are keen on Zaniolo

Despite his injuries, Zaniolo remains a much sought-after youngster. His progress in Italy also saw him get compared to United superstar Paul Pogba. (h/t The Express)

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Roma’s dreams, however, look set to go up in smoke due to their inability to afford Van de Beek’s wages. Whether United are willing to use the Dutchman in an effort to land Erling Haaland or Jadon Sancho remains to be seen.

Written by Pranav Nair

An Engineering postgraduate with a keen interest in statistics, pop culture and football.

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