The midfield situation at Manchester United has entered a critical stage.
With both Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay condemned to the treatment table for the foreseeable future, Fred and Andreas Pereira are the only viable options left.
There is also Nemanja Matic, but if the Red Devils wish to dig themselves out of the rut they are currently in then they simply cannot turn to the ageing Serb.
But there could be some January respite for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, with United now seriously weighing up a £50m bid for Ajax star Donny van de Beek.
According to the Evening Standard, the Dutchman is seen as the 'ideal fit' for the club and Ajax would likely be willing to accept the Red Devils' £50m bid.
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The Dutch champions' failure to qualify for the last-16 of the Champions League has also handed United a significant boost.
Solskjaer is also an admirer of Hakim Ziyech, but the club are more focused on securing the signing of Van de Beek to solve their midfield crisis.
The 22-year-old was a revelation during Ajax's run to the Champions League semi-final last season and he has continued his fine form in 2019/20.
Playing in a deeper midfield role, Van de Beek has scored six goals and provided four assists in his 16 Eredivisie appearances.
To put those numbers into context, Fred and Pereira have one goal and three assists combined in their 35 Premier League appearances.
In fact, only Marcus Rashford (12 goals, 4 assists) in the United squad has been involved in more league goals this season than Van de Beek.
The Dutchman oozes class on the ball, is versatile and knows where the goal is. At £50m in the current market, United and Ed Woodward would be fools not to get the deal done as soon as possible.
Especially given the fact that they were quoted the exact same price back in the summer for Newcastle's Sean Longstaff.
Solskjaer has also informed the United board that he wants a new right-winger this transfer window, with Jadon Sancho still the club's top target.News Now - Sport News