An agent of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, Sjaak Swart, has labelled his move to Manchester United as ‘the right choice’ for his client.
Van de Beek is on the verge of completing a big-money move to Old Trafford, with United having pushed to get a deal over the line in the last few days.
Should the Dutchman complete the move as expected, it will bring an end to nearly two years of speculation about his future, having been linked to several big sides in Europe after starring for Ajax in the Champions League.
Several high-profile names have already had their say on the transfer, including Robin van Persie, who has warned his compatriot he will have to ‘mentally adjust’ to life at Manchester United.
There have been some suggestions that Van de Beek will struggle to establish himself given the midfield talent already at the club, but his agent has no such concerns.
“Manchester United is certainly the right choice,” he told Ajax Showtime.
“There were more clubs with interest, such as Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Juventus and Arsenal. There were six in total, but it all came to an end because of the Coronavirus.
“It was already a regular matter in March that he would go to Madrid, but because of the virus, all of that has been postponed.
“Clubs have no income, and they could not sell players. Ultimately, Manchester United pushed through, and that is, of course, a very nice club. It used to be a championship winning club and they now want to build that way again.”
Of the numerous clubs to be linked with a move, Arsenal was a name that popped up a few times in the last two years.
Last summer, in particular, several reports named the Gunners as suitors, with them described as an ‘excellent option’ in May last year.
Ultimately a move never happened, and Swart says like with the other clubs, it was ultimately a case of them not having the money.
“Yes, they really wanted him,” he added.
“But they just couldn’t get the money for a transfer. Even the biggest clubs struggle. Arsenal is a great club, but Manchester United will certainly be an interesting adventure.”