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Donny van de Beek of Amsterdam celebrate after winning the eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenoord Rotterdam at the Johan-Cruyff-Arena on October 27, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherland. (Photo by Peter Niedung/NurPhoto)

Manchester United are close to signing Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek after the clubs agreed on a fee in the region of £40m.

Van de Beek is set to sign a 5-year deal, which should allow him to be available for United’s opening game of the 2020-21 season, against Crystal Palace on 19 September.

It is understood United have now firmed up their interest with medical and personal terms still to be concluded.

The transfer is expected to be finalised within days.

He will become United’s first season signing after a much-publicised move for Borussia Dortmund’s winger Jadon Sancho stalled over the transfer fee.

Van de Beek was part of the outstanding Ajax side that got to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.

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