Man United sign van de Beek from Ajax

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Manchester United have confirmed the arrival of Donny van de Beek from Ajax Amsterdam on a five-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year.

The 23-year-old came through the ranks of the Ajax youth system, making his senior debut in 2015 and played a key role as Ajax reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019.

He arrives on a £35m deal, plus £5m in add-ons deal.

“I cannot begin to explain how incredible an opportunity it is to join a club with such an amazing history,” van de Beek said on the club’s website.

“I would like to thank everyone at Ajax. I grew up there and I will always have a special bond with the club.

“I am now ready to take the next step in my career and perform at the highest level and there is no higher standard than Manchester United. Everyone has told me how amazing the Old Trafford atmosphere is and I am looking forward to experiencing that, once it is safe for the fans to return.”

The Netherlands international contributed 10 goals and 11 assists in 37 games last season before the Eredivisie was curtailed.

He will be available for United’s opening game of the 2020-21 season against Crystal Palace on 19 September.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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