Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek.

Van de Beek, 23, had been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona, while Tottenham were also credited with an interest in the Dutchman.

But Skysports understands United are now on the verge of securing his signature for a fee of around £35million.

Van de Beek is understood to have agreed a five-year contract with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and is set for a medical early next week.

Van de Beek has 41 goals in 175 appearances for Ajax
Van de Beek has 41 goals in 175 appearances for Ajax

The Netherlands international was left out of the Ajax squad for Saturday’s friendly against Hertha Berlin as talks with United reached an advanced stage.

Ajax coach Erik ten Haag, confirming his absence, said: “There are indeed developments that prevent him from being in the selection. We are looking at how that will end.”

Van de Beek’s move to United may have been helped by the fact Ajax’s chief executive is former player Edwin van der Sar.

Van de Beek has been with Ajax since he was a boy, breaking into their first-team in 2015. He’s scored 41 goals in 175 appearances and has ten international caps.

Fulham have signed Southampton outcast Mario Lemina on a season-long loan deal.

The 26-year-old midfielder spent the bulk of last term on loan at Galatasaray, but will now return to Premier League action with promoted Fulham.

The deal contains an option for a permanent move for the Gabon international at the end of the loan agreement.

Director of football operations Tony Khan revealed Fulham’s management team have tracked Lemina for some time.

“Mario Lemina has top-flight experience throughout Europe, including in the Premier League, and I’m very excited to announce his arrival on loan,” said Khan.

“I chose to pursue Mario this summer because in our recruitment conferences he’s been highly rated by our scouting team and our head coach Scott Parker, and our statistical research team.

“I believe he will thrive for our club under Scott’s coaching and leadership.”

Lemina joined Southampton from Juventus in an £18million deal in 2017, but his last Saints appearance was back in May 2019.

The former France Under-21 star is relishing the chance to work with boss Parker at Fulham.

“Now I’m with Fulham, I’m really happy and I’m glad to be part of the project,” said Lemina.

“I spoke with the manager and he’s got some good ideas about the team, about the project, about everything he wants to do this season, and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

Aston Villa want Abraham reunion

Having scored 26 goals in 40 appearances as Aston Villa were promoted to the Premier League two seasons ago, Tammy Abraham needs no further introduction in the West Midlands.

Now, The Daily Mail reports that Villa have enquired about Abraham’s availability.

Tammy Abraham is wanted by Aston Villa – but will fancy his chances at Chelsea (Image: Getty Images)

The arrival of Werner and Havertz in west London is likely to limit Abraham’s game time, though he is determined to stay and compete with them for minutes.

Abraham scored 18 goals in all competitions for Chelsea last term, so it’s little surprise that he sees his future at Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham are in talks to sign Bournemouth striker Josh King.

For many years, Spurs were linked with Callum Wilson but talkSPORT understands that it’s King who could be moving there now.

King’s agent has reportedly held talks with the north London club, who have signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty this window.

King isn’t training with Bournemouth, having trained with Norway’s national side. Quarantine rules mean he can’t join up with his club teammates yet.

He scored six goals and provided four assists in 26 Premier League appearances in 2019/20.

Bournemouth were unable to stay up, having finished 18th in the table.

New Tottenham signing Matt Doherty awkwardly had to delete some tweets where he pledged his love for their north London rivals Arsenal.

Spurs completed the signing of the full-back from Wolves on Sunday as the 28-year-old penned a four-year contract.

Gunners fans had dug up some old tweets by Doherty where he wrote such things as ‘I love Arsenal’.

Tottenham posted a hilarious video where the defender deleted some of those posts.

Mohamed Salah could sensationally LEAVE Liverpool, claims Tony Cascarino.

Salah failed to impress in the Reds’ Community Shield defeat to Arsenal on Saturday, which has led Cascarino to question the forward’s Anfield future.

He told talkSPORT: “The one player who might leave Liverpool sooner rather later, I would think it might be Mo.

“I don’t quite see him having the same intensity as he once did.

“I’m hoping I’m wrong and that’s just a small blip.

“He was just not quite at the races [against Arsenal]. I thought he really struggled to get into the game.”

LaLiga have released a statement saying that Lionel Messi’s £632million release clause at Barcelona is still active.

Tottenham have announced the signing of Wolves defender Matt Doherty.

Valencia have made contact with Arsenal over the signing of Matteo Guendouzi.

Spanish outlet Super Deporte reports that the LaLiga club are hoping to bring in the midfielder, 21.

It’s something of a surprising report, given Valencia have been forced to sell some of their best players due to financial difficulties.

However, Valencia are hoping to sign the Frenchman on loan in a deal which doesn’t possess an obligation to buy.

Guendouzi has been reintegrated into training with the Arsenal first-team by Mikel Arteta, however, the player may still be on the market.

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