Danny van de Beek is a frustrated figure at Manchester United. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
The 24-year-old has made a limited number of appearances this season and his future now looks to be away from Old Trafford.
His lack of game time has seen him snubbed for a call-up by the Netherlands and instead, he will train at Carrington, hoping to persuade Ole Gunnar Solskjær to give him a fair chance in the side.
Should that not work out, then there is confirmed interest from their Premier League rivals Everton with two of their approaches knocked back earlier this year.
The Toffees’ Director of Football, Marcel Brands has admitted publicly to Dutch broadcaster NOS that his countryman was on his list of summer targets.
“We had him on our list,” revealed Brands.
“At the beginning of the transfer window, we made an enquiry to United, then it was impossible. At the end of the window, I received a call from Guido Albers, his agent, that he might be loaned out after all. But at the last minute it was cancelled. Stopped again.”
Asked whether a return bid could be lodged in January, he said: ‘You always depend on whether a club wants to cooperate. And it is early October, so much can still happen with injuries. United are playing on various fronts, it’s hard to say now.’
Van de Beek has been limited to just one start this season, a 1-0 defeat to West Ham United in the Carabao Cup and was an unused substitute against his potential suitors.
He was pictured last week as a frustrated figure as Fred and Nemanja Matic were sent on instead of him in United’s win over Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League.
With confirmed interest from Everton, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano appeared on Mark Goldbridge’s United Stand to discuss all things about the red side of Manchester and one topic was de Beek’s future at United.
“Things can change, but as of now, he is planning to leave Manchester United in January,” said the Italian.
“Van de Beek is a fantastic player and a top professional. It is true that Italian and Spanish clubs are interested and it depends whether Man United can agree on the conditions with them. He could also move to the Premier League, with Everton one of the clubs interested. Donny wants to play so if he is not playing in two-three months, he will leave, I am sure.”
With the World Cup on the horizon and the Netherlands currently top of the group, de Beek will want to be playing as much football as possible to get into Louis van Gaal’s squad, should they qualify.