Donny van de Beek underwent a medical examination on Monday for a transfer, writes English media and he is only waiting for the contract to be signed which means the 23-year-old is one step closer to a transfer to Old Trafford, however, the transfer has not yet been confirmed by Ajax and Manchester United.
Reportedly the jersey number has been chosen already. It will be the number 34 jersey worn in Ajax by his teammate and childhood friend Abdelhak ‘Appie’ Nouri.
In 2017 Nouri collapsed on the field in a friendly match against Werder Bremen. He spent three years in a coma as he has suffered severe brain damage, this was confirmed after he suffered a heart attack.
Nouri has been at Ajax since he was nine, and van de Beek spoke about the tragedy a year ago for Dutch side De Telegraaf.
“I still wonder why it had to happen to him. Of course, I don’t want it to happen to anyone, but it seems to me to always hit good people. Appie always wanted the best for everyone and by no means deserved tragedy. I feel helpless and angry “, said the 23-year-old footballer.
Appie and van de Beek had a special relationship on and off the field. Appie was with van de Beek’s family and teammates when his younger brother Rody van de Beek was diagnosed with a back tumor.
“Appie was showing a lot of interest at the time,” van de Beek admitted.