Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has been loaned to German giants Borussia Dortmund, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The report also claims the mega-rich Newcastle United were also contacted about the Dutchman’s signing earlier this month.

Van de Beek continued to fight for the season under Ralf Rangnick, but the German got him off the bench against Aston Villa on Monday night.

Van de Beek’s future could be linked to that of reported United target Denis Zakaria, who could strengthen Rangnick’s midfield this month.

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Dortmund also associated with Zakaria

Earlier this week, German Outlet Sport claimed that Dortmund was interested in Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Zakaria.

They reported that talks between Zakaria’s new advisor and bosses had taken place in Dortmund and had progressed well.

We’re talking about a scenario here where United van de Beek loans to Dortmund, which strengthens their midfield.

It would theoretically also make the coast clearer for United to sign Zakaria and if Rangnick took the Swiss international his midfield would not be depleted as van de Beek could play somewhere more often.

It’s hard to imagine who would lose in this scenario, aside from perhaps United fans who want to give van de Beek a fairer whiplash at Old Trafford.

But surely they wouldn’t take van de Beek the chance to go anywhere and play, especially at one of the biggest clubs in Germany.

It should be noted that the report said Dortmund is unlikely to move this January, but it added that the German team could watch the market until the last day of the January window and buy it for a reported fee of £ 5million Zakaria, if United’s interest really solidifies.

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It remains to be seen, of course, whether Dortmund would take over van de Beek and there are also financial aspects such as wages to be taken into account.

But coach Marco Rose moved from Mönchengladbach to Dortmund in the summer after working with Zakaria in Gladbach and might want to stage a reunion.

Newcastle would theoretically be better placed to win Van de Beek financially and their desperation to escape relegation difficulties led them to two crashes back in January that are sure to come.

Van de Beek could also choose to stay and fight for his place one more time, although he can hardly be blamed for running out of patience.

If he moved to Dortmund and Zakaria came to Old Trafford to replace him, that looks like a reasonable scenario that works for all parties. But football – and United in particular – aren’t always sensible, so it’s unlikely to be that simple.

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