But due to the pandemic, Real Madrid stopped all transfer activity in May, and told Van de Beek and Ajax they would not be following through with the deal. I don't get it.
They both play in the same position and, if the former Ajax star isn't there, it perhaps helps Ndombele in his bid to start proving a point under the Portuguese coach next season.More news: Serena through to US Open last 16 after battle with Stephens
Those two along with Nemanja Matic played most of the games in the final part of the season, and Merson thinks the new signing will get in the way of Fred and Scott McTominay getting more game time.
"You have to have someone who can play the holding role". That signing looked to me like: "Oh we haven't bought anyone yet, let's go and buy someone, who can we get?"'
"When you look at their midfield, Fred was improving, and they've got Scott McTominay".
Even though Van de Beek is a brilliant option for the squad, it's believed Solskjaer wants him straight in the starting XI and sees him as a number 10. 'It makes no sense to me. Who is making these decisions?More news: Massive Rescue Operation Underway As Crews Battle California's Creek Fire
It was also good for the club that it never went beyond what happened otherwise it would've made it hard to sign the versatile player.
Ultimately, they agreed to put the move back to this summer.
His agent Sjaar Swark has been very vocal about the ex-Ajax Amsterdam Academy player in the last 48hrs.
The Red Devils will make a delayed start to the Premier League campaign when they face Crystal Palace on Saturday 19 September.More news: Kamala Harris: Biden Could Lose Because of Russian Interference