Edwin van der Sar pens open letter to Manchester United fans after Donny van de Beek capture

In an open letter to United supporters, Ajax chief executive and ex-Red Devils goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar asked them to help the Holland international “dream”.

The 23-year-old moved to Old Trafford on Wednesday for £34.1million, which could rise to £38.5m, on an initial five-year deal to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first new recruit of the summer.

Van de Beek played an important role in Ajax’s thrilling run to last year’s Champions League semi-finals, and also came off the bench as the Eredivisie side lost the 2017 Europa League final to United.

Van der Sar, who spent six years at United before returning to first club Ajax in a backroom role, has now told fans what an exciting prospect their latest signing is.

“Dear Manchester United fans, I hope you’re doing well,” he wrote. “It seems out paths have crossed again.

“One of ours is joining you this season. And like so many players before him, he’s been with us since he was just a little boy.

“Shortly after his debut, he became one of our best. Especially the last couple of years were amazing. From the Europa League final (no hard feelings) to our Champions League run and winning the Dutch Championship.

“The team he was part of showed the world who we are and what Ajax stands for. Like you, we pride ourselves on being one of the best at developing talent and giving young players a shot at the highest level. You could say your new star is the embodiment of that pride.”

Van der Sar signed off by admitting it was difficult for Ajax to let one of their top players leave, but that it was necessary to allow Van de Beek to develop.

“That’s one of the many reasons we don’t like to see him leave, but we understand it’s time for him to move on. To dream on,” his open letter continued.

“And where better to do so than in your theatre. Trust me, I know. Please take good care of our Donny, and help him dream. Enjoy the future.”

Van de Beek completed his move while on international duty, with Holland set for a Nations League double-header against Poland and Italy before then linking up with his new team-mates and he echoed Van der Sar’s sentiments as he spoke following his signing.

“I cannot begin to explain how incredible an opportunity it is to join a club with such an amazing history,” Van de Beek said in an interview with the official Manchester United website.

“I would like to thank everyone at Ajax, I grew up there and I will always have a special bond with the club.

“I am now ready to take the next step in my career and perform at the highest level and there is no higher standard than Manchester United.”

Ajax fullback targeted by Foxes

Reports coming out of Italy suggest Leicester City are close to signing Ajax star Nicolas Tagliafico as a possible alternative to Ben Chilwell – in a deal thought to be worth 40.5 million.

Brendan Rodgers is being proactive in his search as Chilwell continues to be heavily linked to several clubs, especially Chelsea.

Foxes fans would be sad to see him go but 27-year-old Tagliafico would be a worthy replacement, as his stats show him averaging a higher number of tackles, interceptions, and clearances per game.

He featured for Argentina in the 2018 world cup and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League just over a year ago.

Ajax star linked to Arsenal move

The Dutch forward is available for just £25m, which by today’s standards is an absolute bargain.

The 28-year-old bagged 16 goals and five assists for Ajax in the season just gone, and he plays best on the left-hand side of a front three, meaning Aubameyang will be free to take up his preferred role as a central striker.

Promes, Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe could give arsenal the firepower upfront to rival the likes of Liverpool and Man City
Any new signing could make their club debut in just over a fortnight with the community shield match against Liverpool is scheduled for August the 29th. It was hoped that some fans would be allowed in to trial some corona virus-safe methods but since similar tests in cricket, snooker and live comedy had to be abandoned due to a rise in Covid-19 cases, we believe that the FA are unlikely to press ahead with their plans.

Brighton sign Ajax defender Joel Veltman

The 28-year-old won three Eredvisie medals in Amsterdam and was also named in the league’s team of the year on three separate occasions.

Having come through the Ajax academy, he now moves to the Premier League with Brighton after agreeing terms on a three-year contract.

Capped 22 times by his country, Veltman was part of the 2014 World Cup squad and also played in Ajax’s Europa League final defeat to Manchester United in 2017.

He becomes the second arrival at the AMEX Stadium this week after England international Adam Lallana joined the Seagulls following his departure from Liverpool.

Brighton sign Ajax defender Joel Veltman

The 28-year-old won three Eredvisie medals in Amsterdam and was also named in the league’s team of the year on three separate occasions.

Having come through the Ajax academy, he now moves to the Premier League with Brighton after agreeing terms on a three-year contract.

Capped 22 times by his country, Veltman was part of the 2014 World Cup squad and also played in Ajax’s Europa League final defeat to Manchester United in 2017.

He becomes the second arrival at the AMEX Stadium this week after England international Adam Lallana joined the Seagulls following his departure from Liverpool.

No confidence in Kepa as Chelsea scour transfer market for new goalkeeper

Kepa has come under fire this season for his performances, criticism no doubt accentuated by the eye-watering £71m Chelsea paid Athletic Bilbao for the goalkeeper’s services in 2018.

The Blues are keen to try and recoup as much of that £71m – a world-record fee for a goalkeeper – as possible this summer, as Lampard hunts for a more viable option for the future.

It’s reported that the Chelsea boss does not see the Spaniard as the long-term fit between the sticks at Stamford Bridge.

Reports claim that clubs in Spain have expressed an interest in Kepa, but whether Chelsea will be able to make back anywhere near the fee they paid for him remains to be seen – particularly with a dip in performance and an expectedly erratic transfer market due to the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Blues’ supposed shortlist of potential replacements include Burnley’s Nick Pope, who recently missed out on the Premier League Golden Glove award despite 12 clean sheets in the league this season.

Ajax stopper Andre Onana is also on the Chelsea radar, with Ajax said to be willing to listen to offers for the player who is interested in a move to England.

Perhaps the most outrageous (but not unlikely) suggestion is Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.

Often regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, the Slovenian won’t come cheap, with a whopping £110m needed to activate his release clause and lure him away from the Wanda Metropolitano.