Rio Ferdinand delighted as Man United close in on Donny van de Beek

Rio Ferdinand can’t hide his delight about incoming signing Donny van de Beek as he welcomes the Dutch star on Twitter ahead of £40m move to Old Trafford… as Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar responds with crying emoji

  • Rio Ferdinand has expressed joy at incoming United signing Donny van de Beek 
  • The Dutchman is set to arrive at Old Trafford in a £40million switch from Ajax 
  • Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar responded to Ferdinand’s tweet with a sad emoji
  • The pair played together for United for six years in a hugely successful spell  

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand is delighted by the possibility of the club signing Donny van de Beek after welcoming the Ajax star ahead of his £40million move to Old Trafford. 

Ferdinand tweeted his excitement ahead of the 23-year-old’s impending switch, and his former Red Devils team-mate Edwin van der Sar – now CEO of the Dutch outfit – suggested the deal was close to completion after responding with a sad emoji. 

Sportmail understands van de Beek will sign a five-year deal at Old Trafford and is  poised to undergo a medical in Holland.  

Donny van de Beek is on the verge of a £40million move to Manchester United from Ajax 

Rio Ferdinand (left) tweeted his joy at the impending deal, while ex-team-mate and Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar (right) responded with a crying emoji

Ferdinand tweeted: ‘Good Evening @Donny_beek6’, and included an emoji of a pair of eyes after news the midfielder was edging closer to completing his deal.

And former United goalkeeper van der Sar responded to the speculation by hinting at his despair with the Eredivisie side set to lose another key star, as he replied to the post with a crying face.

Van der Sar and Ferdinand played together under Sir Alex Ferguson for six years in a hugely successful spell – winning four Premier League titles together.  

Van der Sar and Ferdinand played together at Manchester United in a successful six-year spell

Van de Beek was due to link up with the Holland national team camp this week ahead of Nations League games against Poland and Italy, but has delayed his arrival in order to complete his United medical.

He is set to receive a significant upgrade on his current £30,000 a week wages as he prepares to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men for the 2020-21 season.

His father has also added fuel to speculation the deal is nearing completion by describing the move as ‘a dream come true’ for the player. 

Van de Beek is set to undergo a medical and has delayed his arrival to the Dutch national side 

‘This is a dream come true. It’s the perfect moment for him to make this step to such a beautiful club. Many clubs were interested, but Donny took this decision himself.’

Tottenham reportedly made a last-ditch attempt to sign Van de Beek, but he was eager to join United after being convinced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The player was in high demand this summer after an impressive season with the Dutch giants – scoring 14 goals from midfield and providing seven assists. 

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