Manchester United have made some impressive progress over the past year or so, as the club look to return to the top of the English game. But despite sitting at second in the Premier League table, it does look like they are not just quite there yet.
Manchester City appear to have a better squad and Liverpool are expected to return to challenging for the Premier League title once again, when they have put their injury issues behind them. Thus, the Red Devils must continue to improve.
One player who has not managed to find his feet at Old Trafford this season is Donny van de Beek. He signed from Ajax in the summer and came with a big reputation. It is safe to say that things have not turned out as the Dutch midfielder would have expected though.
According to stats from Transfermarkt, he has scored and assisted one goal each this season for the Red Devils in 27 appearances. And according to the print edition of Tuttosport (via Manchester Evening News), the club are willing to explore the possibility of a swap deal involving Van de Beek and Adrien Rabiot.
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Could a swap deal take place between Manchester United and Juventus?
The Red Devils have been linked with the French midfielder in the past, when he left Paris Saint-Germain. Back then, he ended up Juventus on a free transfer.
The Serie A giants have struggled over the past few years though when compared to their own incredibly high standards and could be looking to shake things up in the summer. Thus, swapping Rabiot for Van de Beek would make sense for them.
On the other hand, it might make sense for Manchester United as well. But one has to feel that it is a bit to early to give up on a player like Van de Beek. At the end of the day, this was his first season in English football and there is every possibility in the world that he could turn things around in the future.