Everton chief Marcel Brands details Man Utd transfer approach that was rejected twice

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Manchester United turned down two offers from Everton for frustrated midfielder Donny van de Beek, Toffees sporting director Marcel Brands has confirmed. The Dutchman was a big-money £34million signing by the Old Trafford club in 2020 but has underwhelmed for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

Van De Beek made just four Premier League starts during his maiden campaign, with half of those coming in the final month.  

There have been just three appearances for the 24-year-old this term.  

His United future seems unclear and there were reports in the summer that he was already looking to leave Old Trafford.  

A transfer did not materialise, and it has now been revealed that United sensationally denied him a move.  

United’s Premier League rivals Everton tried twice to sign Van De Beek. An enquiry was made at the start of the summer transfer window.

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Brands then learned as the transfer deadline approached that the Netherlands international might be available for a loan. However, Everton’s attempts to sort a deal were once again rejected.  

“We had him on our list. At the beginning of the transfer window, we enquired at United, then it was impossible,” Brands told NOS. 

“At the end of the window, I received a call from Guido Albers, his agent, that he might be rented out after all.  

“But at the last minute it was cancelled. Stopped again.”

Van De Beek’s frustration over his lack of game time boiled over in public last week. The midfielder was visibly angry at not being used from the substitutes’ bench during the 2-1 Champions League victory over Villarreal.  

Solskjaer has played down the annoyance and has insisted that he understands why Van De Beek might be unhappy.  

The former Ajax man still has just under four years to run on his United contract. 

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It remains to be seen if he will be allowed to depart or if Solskjaer will finally offer him more frequent minutes.  

“I manage a squad full of international footballers, competitive footballers who want to make a difference, want to play. They all want to be on the pitch, of course they do,” Solskjaer said.

“Donny was ready to come on [against Villarreal], as all the players should be. I’ve probably been a substitute more than anyone in this club and you have to be ready all the time.

“I understand the frustration. Every player is keen to play.  

“That’s got to be built into energy and some determination for when you get on and then show me. That is not just Donny, that is all the players.”

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