Donny van de Beek is reportedly set to honour his close friend Abdelhak Nouri with his shirt number when he joins Manchester United.

Ajax star Van de Beek, 23, is expected to sign for the Red Devils in the coming days and become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first transfer of the summer.

Many will be wondering which shirt number he will take at Old Trafford with the No 6, that he has worn at Ajax, occupied by Paul Pogba.

Reports suggest that Van de Beek is likely to take the No 34 shirt should he join up with the Premier League giants.

Donny van de Beek is set to leave Ajax for Man Utd
Donny van de Beek is set to leave Ajax for Man Utd

And the Daily Mail add that he will do so as a tribute to close friend Nouri, who woke from a coma in March.

Van de Beek was on the bench during a pre-season friendly in Austria in 2017 when Nouri collapsed on the field of play.

The duo had worked their way up through the Ajax academy, becoming starters at the Eredivisie outfit.

Nouri, who wore No 34 at Ajax, suffered a cardiac arrest and was left with permanent brain damage though thankfully woke from his coma earlier this year.

Abdelhak Nouri collapsed while playing for Ajax in 2017
Abdelhak Nouri collapsed while playing for Ajax in 2017
Van de Beek (second from right, back row) and Abdelhak Nouri (second from left, front row) were team-mates at Ajax
Van de Beek (second from right, back row) and Abdelhak Nouri (second from left, front row) were team-mates at Ajax

Van de Beek spoke about the incident earlier this year, saying: "After the tragedy, I visited Nouri's family a lot.

“I spoke to them a lot and we shared our feelings. Mo (Nouri’s’s brother) always slept in the same room as Nouri so I went to sleep in Nouri's bed.”

Van de Beek’s Dutch team-mate, and Liverpool star, Virgil van Dijk believes a move to Old Trafford is a good one for the midfielder.

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"[The Van de Beek transfer] looks like it's going to happen indeed," said the Premier League winning defender.

"From my heart, I wish him the best. It's wonderful for him, it's a nice step for him to move to a great club as a Dutch player.

"Also the same for Nathan Ake, who moves to Manchester City. I'm glad for both of them.”