As director Marc Overmars feared in advance, Antwerp had no interest in the Champions League yet. The fact that the European adventure is probably over does not prevent the Dutchman from looking for reinforcements in January. Especially in midfield.
It cannot be ruled out that he will again call on his own network to support the Orange colony on the Bosuil, with, in addition to Overmars and coach Mark Van Bommel, also Owen Wijndal, Jurgen Ekkelenkamp, Gyrano Kerk and Vincent Janssen, a little further away. to expand.
Van de Beek released
Last summer, Overmars also had an eye on Donny van de Beek, whom he brought from Ajax to Manchester United for more than 40 million. However, the 26-year-old midfielder clearly no longer fits into the plans of his compatriot Erik ten Hag.
Although Real Sociedad and Galatasaray, among others, were also on his sleeve, Van de Beek decided to stay on board at Old Trafford. Now that he has only played twenty minutes in total this season, the 19-time international would still draw his conclusions.
“He will leave in January anyway,” transfer expert Fabrizio Romano knows. “He has to leave and wants to play himself. It’s a shame, because his dream was to succeed at Manchester United. But this situation obviously cannot last,” Van de Beek continues.
So we have to wait and see whether Overmars will again throw a line at his pupil to put him out of his misery. Although the question remains what price tag United has placed on Van de Beek, who is contracted until mid-2025. His market value is estimated at ten million.