Donny van de Beek transfer plan revealed including clubs he will not sign for amid Man United return

Donny van de Beek in action for Eintracht Frankfurt.
Donny van de Beek will not join Eintracht Frankfurt permanently. -Credit:Stuart Franklin/Getty Images.

Donny van de Beek's agent, Guido Albers, has confirmed Eintracht Frankfurt will not activate the option to sign the Manchester United midfielder on a permanent deal in this summer's transfer window.

Van de Beek joined the Bundesliga club on loan in January for the rest of the season and the deal featured an option for them to buy him permanently at the end of it for €11million (£9.55m), with €3m (£2.6m) in add-ons. However, he has struggled for game time, making just eight appearances in total.

It has marked another forgettable campaign in the Dutchman's career, which has been on the decline ever since joining United from Ajax in September 2020. He has played just 62 times for United in almost four years, scoring two goals.

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Unsurprisingly, Frankfurt are not going to exercise the option to sign the 27-year-old on a full-time basis, meaning he will return to Old Trafford this summer. Albers, however, has confirmed he will leave the club, but will not be sold to a Premier League counterpart.

"For me it is a very nice moment in his career to pick it up again," Albers told ESPN's Goedemorgen Eredivisie. "We said together, 'back to basics'.

"He's lost that a bit in recent years. He is hungry and eager to please. I came to an agreement with Frankfurt for him. Frankfurt still had an option until June 30, which they will not exercise.

"Officially he is now going back to Manchester United and I am now in discussions with him. Donny does not want to stay in the Premier League, also because United do not want that. That is not a good choice for him."

Prior to his move to Germany in January, Van de Beek had only played in the Netherlands and England. Albers has admitted a move to Spain, Italy or France could be on the cards in the coming months.

"He needs to return to a club that plays good football," he continued. "In any case, he will not return to Ajax.

"My preference was to look in Spain, Italy or France. If I could get him in Spain or Italy that would be fantastic, at a club where he will play as a No.10 like he played at Ajax. You see that the Dutch are successful in a certain way in Spanish or Italian football.

"He was very close to a transfer to Real Sociedad last summer. That was cancelled at the last minute because Erik ten Hag wanted to keep him until the last minute. Then he ended up at Frankfurt."