Man Utd new boy Donny van de Beek received last-gasp approach from rival club star

Donny van de Beek has revealed his Dutch compatriot Steven Bergwijn attempted to get him to join Spurs before deciding to sign for Manchester United.

Last week, United announced the signing of the 23-year-old on a five-year deal from Ajax, becoming their first transfer of the summer.

Van de Beek arrives at Old Trafford with an impressive 44 goals in 175 appearances from midfield.

He will add further quality to a United team that already boasts the likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

Van de Beek also joins a host of Dutch players plying their trade in the Premier League.

One of his international team-mates is Bergwijn, also moved from the Eredivisie to the Premier League in January.

The pair are together on international duty this week and Van de Beek says he received a message from Bergwijn asking if he would consider a move to Spurs.

“Steven Bergwijn texted me to see whether I would play for Spurs,” he told Algemeen Dagblad.

“But I chose United. I felt ready for the next step. This was the time to go.

“That is why I was on the phone with my agent last weekend. In the end, there was an agreement.”

Meanwhile, former Man Utd coach Rene Meulensteen believes Van de Beek’s arrival will not mean the exit of Paul Pogba.

“In certain games, you can get away with it because good footballers will always find a way to play with each other,” he told talkSPORT.

“But if you come up against stronger opposition, then they will leave themselves short defensively because they are all not really defensive-minded players.

“I can see where Danny comes from, so to insinuate does that mean Paul Pogba is gone? I’m not too sure.

“I think there has been so many speculations over the past two seasons, when it came to the end of last season it became a bit more obvious that Ole made it clear he wanted to keep Pogba. I’m not too sure whether he will go.”

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