How Arsenal missed out on new Manchester United signing, will he come back to haunt us?

Donny van de Beek has just signed for Manchester United for £39m, but the Dutchman might have been an Arsenal player had the Gunners not thought that Ajax’s asking price for his signature was too much.

The midfielder has been on the radar of Arsenal for some time and when it became clear that he would be leaving the Dutch side, Arsenal enquired about signing him, they were told that he would cost £39m.

They considered him to be overpriced at that amount and they couldn’t get themselves to pay his asking price.

This is a claim made by journalist Patrick Juan and it is backed up by his agent, Sjaak Swart, who said via Sun Sports:

“They really wanted him, but they couldn’t get the money for the transfer.

“Even the biggest clubs struggle.

“Arsenal is a great club, but Manchester United will certainly be an interesting adventure.”

Van de Beek isn’t the only target that Arsenal struggled to pay for as the Gunners have also been stuck in trying to meet Atletico Madrid’s asking price for Thomas Partey.

The Gunners will now watch to see if their judgement of van de Beek is right or if he will dazzle and help United achieve success making him yet another player they will regret not signing.

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  1. I read he’d won the most penalties in the Eredivisie since 2018!! He’s definitely signed for the right team.. although he won’t have to win them, he’ll be given them!! Bruno Fernandes for the golden boot 😂😂😂😂

    1. lol Sue. Very funny. Man United scored 22 penalties last season. We need creativity in midfield though.
      Four players to be rotated in central midfield

      343 all thru the season.

        1. I read that it had taken hull city 15 years to collect the same amount of penalties that Utd had last season

      1. Sue right after we signed Gabriel, someone said Arsenal are signing quality CBs on a cheap and 80mill Maguire can’t even defend himself to avoid jail. It was hilarious

        1. 😂😂😂 love that, Kstix…. he’s going to have it ripped out of him once the fans are allowed back in!!!

  2. I hope manu missing out on Gabriel won’t come back to hunt them. One club can’t sign every available player in TM and we should be happy with those ones we get.

  3. Now you will see some fans saying he is ok not to great blah blah blah. But when you counter them with logic they will say oh but he is new he will need time to gel with his new team…so as far as Arsenal Fans are concerned we signed world beaters and other clubs just signed ok ish same players where touted here for our club to sign but now rivals have signed them so they are rubbish while our rival discards are on Ronaldo and Messi level. Read one of the fans who is excited to see how David Luiz will perform this season lol!..that is what we have come to..

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