Guido Albers has spoken to the Dutch media twice in the past week, complaining about Donny van de Beek’s situation at Manchester United.
On Sunday, the agent explained he’d started looking for a new club for the player late in the window, and decided to give Everton a try. Feeling the Toffees need a No.10, Albers contacted Marcel Brands to try and build a deal.
Albers has insinuated everything was agreed with Everton, and it was the Manchester club who ruled out the move.
Van de Beek’s situation is seen differently in England and the Netherlands. Whilst the English media, and many fans in the country, largely believe the player is being wasted, the Dutch slant is that the situation is reminiscent of what happened with Davy Klaassen.
Moving to Everton from Ajax in 2017, Klaassen had a miserable time at the Merseyside club and has only recently managed to get his career fully back on track.
After Albers’ latest comments, Marco van Basten spoke to the Dutch media and was brutally honest about how he sees Van de Beek, comparing the situation to what happened with Klaassen when he left Ajax.
Quoted by Voetbal Zone, he said: “It just wasn’t smart choices. If you say you spoke to Real Madrid and then you go to Manchester United, you are betting way too high. Van de Beek is not that good. As number ten at Ajax it is much easier than as number ten in Spain or England. In the Netherlands you get a lot of help, you get opportunities, but that is not the case abroad.”
Despite Albers being convinced his client could succeed at Everton, it’s clear Van Basten has doubts.