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Manchester United sign Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek for £35m

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Manchester United have signed Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax for £35m, plus £5m in add-ons, on a five-year contract.

Van de Beek, 23, played 175 first-team games for Ajax, scoring 41 goals and helping them make a surprise run to the 2018-19 Champions League semi-finals.He will be available for United’s opening game of the 2020-21 season against Crystal Palace on 19 September. Van de Beek is the Premier League club’s first summer signing. United confirmed Van de Beek will wear the number 34 shirt in tribute to his former Ajax team-mate Abdelhak Nouri, who suffered brain damage after a heart attack during a pre-season friendly game in 2017.

Borussia Dortmund’s England winger Jadon Sancho is also a target for Solskjaer but a deal has stalled over the size of the fee.

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