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Man United have failed to keep their promise to Club hero Edwin van der Sar

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Edwin van der Sar wrote an open letter to Manchester United supporters in the Manchester Evening News last year.

Van der Sar has been the CEO of Ajax since 2016 and he played a key role in the negotiations that saw Donny van de Beek sign for the Reds for £40m last September when the midfielder was still widely regarded as one of Europe’s most exciting prospects.

“Dear Manchester United fans,” Van der Sar wrote.

“It seems our paths have crossed again. One of ours is joining you this season. And like so many players before him, he’s been with us since he was just a little boy. Shortly after his debut, he became one of our best.

Especially the last couple of years were amazing. From the Europa League final (no hard feelings) to our Champions League run and winning the Dutch championship.

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“Like you, we pride ourselves on being one of the best at developing talent and giving young players a shot at the highest level. You could say your new star is the embodiment of that pride. That’s one of the many reasons we don’t like to see him leave, but we understand it’s time for him to move on. To dream on. And where better to do so than in your theatre. Trust me, I know.

“Please take good care of our Donny, and help him dream. Enjoy the future.”

With the benefit of hindsight, Van der Sar’s trust in United to ‘take good care’ of Van de Beek couldn’t have been more misplaced and there certainly hasn’t been any dreaming for the 24-year-old since his move. You just can’t dream when you’re in a nightmare.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s handling of Van de Beek has dominated bulletins since his arrival and for good reason. The Dutchman looked technically exceptional – another product of Johan Cruyff’s legacy – during Ajax’s memorable 2018/19 Champions League campaign and the £40m that United paid seemed a genuine coup. What is the point in owning a Rolls Royce to keep it in the garage, though?

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The match-going fans in Old Trafford have refused to turn on Solskjaer, however, their chanting of Van de Beek’s name in the Manchester derby was discreetly mutinous and telling. Van de Beek has been handed just 154 minutes this season and Solskjaer’s clear distrust in the player when certain individuals continue to deliver turgid performances is a source of great bemusement.

United’s displays this season suggest that they have deep-rooted problems under Solskjaer, but the Norwegian has consistently ignored a potential solution to his side’s midfield inadequacies by refusing to give Van de Beek any serious opportunities.

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While it was understandable that Solskjaer opted to play Fred and Scott McTominay in midfield in the intended risk-averse 5-3-2 formation, that system is not justifiable against ‘weaker’ opposition, like against Watford on Saturday, for example.

United have failed to look after Van de Beek as Van der Sar and Ajax would have hoped, but the situation is not beyond saving.

Van de Beek’s patience and willingness to fight for his place has been admirable – especially in the modern-day game – and, with Solskjaer now with nothing to lose, that needs to be rewarded, beginning with a place in the starting XI this weekend.

There was a reason that Ajax were so bereft at Van de Beek’s departure.

It’s Solskjaer responsibility to allow United fans to see it.

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Report: Chelsea agree personal terms with Inter Milan superstar

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Chelsea look to be closing in on the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei.

The Blues are reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Inter Milan youngster ahead of what is expected to be a €15m (plus add-ons) transfer. Inter had been looking for around €20m all told.

As per Fabrizio Romano, and others, the highly promising Italy youth international, though who has yet to make his senior professional debut, has agreed a six-year deal with the Blues, choosing Chelsea over the likes of OGC Nice in France and US Sassuolo in Italy.

Presumably, Casadei will not be joining the Chelsea first-team right away, though post-Brexit work permit rules are fairly esoteric and confusing.

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Perhaps he will end up joining one of the aforementioned teams on loan to build up the necessary professional experience? Just speculating…

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While the two teams have yet to agree a transfer, this looks to be drawing to a successful conclusion for us, adding yet another teenager talent to the team as we look to build for not only this season but for many seasons in the future.

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Mikel Arteta drops Youri Tielemans hint as Arsenal can sign ‘more complete’ N’Golo Kante

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Today’s Arsenal transfer round-up on Tuesday, August 16.

Tielemans hint

Mikel Arteta’s increased use of Granit Xhaka could mean that Arsenal are close to giving up on transfer target Youri Tielemans.

The Gunners are still chasing a deal for the Leicester City midfielder but have seen their chances dwindle of doing a deal this summer and now, despite Xhaka previously saying he had come close to leaving, the club could have to do without a new addition.

Xhaka is now part of a new leadership group at the Emirates Stadium, a possible indication that he may remain at the club and throw a move for Tielemans into doubt.

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Kante replacement

With Tielemans becoming less and less attainable this season, Arsenal have reportedly turned their attention elsewhere.

According to the Express, Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs including the Gunners and Manchester United. Having been previously compared with Kante, Arsenal’s desire to sign Caicedo is understandable.

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South American football expert Tim Vickery said, “A year ago he was saying that Kante of Chelsea is his role model but he is already more than that. He already offers more in the final third.”

Yeremi Pino flight explained

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has cleared the air regarding Yeremi Pino and denies that a bid has been made for him.

Romano told CaughtOffside, “Many clubs have been following Yeremi Pino for months, he is a top player of the future that at least three Premier League clubs have been monitoring for some time.

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“No proposals have been made yet to Villarreal, who would like more than €50m for their young star; it will not be an easy negotiation.

“As for the rumours about Arsenal – Edu was not travelling to Spain to meet Villarreal, also because Pino’s agents are based in the UK (Stellar Group).”

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Erik Ten Hag believes £64,000 a week player will agree to join Man United – Report

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Despite signing two defenders this summer, Manchester United’s backline has been terrible this season and yet another defender is linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Yesterday, we covered a story (via Sport) claiming that the Red Devils have submitted an offer to sign Sergino Dest, who has received a clear message to leave Barcelona.

Today, the Spanish news source have covered another report and stated that the American international has not been able to impress in the last two years, moreover, he failed to convince Xavi in pre-season. Therefore, his exit is considered essential.

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Erik ten Hag wants to get rid of Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer so that he can complete the signing of Dest, who is valued at 20 million euros.

The Catalan media outlet claim the Dutch manager believes that the 21-year-old Barca defender will agree (say Yes) to join Man United.

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Ten Hag really needs to understand that players from the Netherlands or connections with Ajax are not guaranteed to solve the conundrum at Old Trafford.

Under Van Gaal, Depay and Blind failed to shine for Man United. For Ten Hag, thus far, the likes of Eriksen, Martinez and Malacia have not settled.

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Now, he is pushing to sign another ex Ajax player in the form of Dest. The American was a hit in the Eredivisie but has proved to be average in the La Liga.

The youngster’s current contract at the Nou Camp will expire in 2025 and he earns around £64,000 a week (The Sun).

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