Manchester United have completed the signing of Donny van de Beek from Ajax.

Daily Star Sport understands the deal is worth an initial £34m with a further £4m in add-ons.

Van de Beek has penned a five-year contract which includes the option for a further 12 months.

It's a bit of a coup for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Real Madrid were after the midfielder only a year ago.

The La Liga giants were forced to step down their chase of the 23-year-old after being hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Van de Beek has shone over the past two seasons for Ajax, playing well in the club's impressive Champions League run in the 2018/19 campaign.

Donny van de Beek is set to play in the Premier League having forced a move from Ajax
Donny van de Beek has signed a five-year contract

The midfielder has continued to post solid numbers since, scoring 14 and producing seven assists in 34 appearances last term.

It remains to be seen where Van de Beek will slot in at United alongside Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, but Solskjaer can certainly benefit from having him in the team.

Van de Beek told United’s official website: “I cannot begin to explain how incredible an opportunity it is to join a club with such an amazing history.

“I would like to thank everyone at Ajax. I grew up there and I will always have a special bond with the club.

Van de Beek has been an influential figure in Ajax's team in recent years

“I am now ready to take the next step in my career and perform at the highest level and there is no higher standard than Manchester United.

“Everyone has told me how amazing the Old Trafford atmosphere is and I am looking forward to experiencing that, once it is safe for the fans to return.

“This team has some of the best midfielders in the world and I know that I can learn from them and also bring my own strengths to the group.

“Having spoken to the manager about his vision for this team, the direction that the club is going in is hugely exciting and I cannot wait to be a part of that.”

Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told to get 'ruthless' and chase two strikers
Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be delighted he finally has a new recruit through the door at Old Trafford

Solskjaer added: “Donny has all of the technical attributes needed to perform in this team and has the personality required to succeed at Manchester United.

“His ability to see space, time his movements and read the game will really complement the qualities that we have in midfield and his arrival really strengthens the depth of talent we have in that position.

“Donny’s performances in the Eredivisie and in Europe have been excellent over the last few years and we are all looking forward to working with him.”

Van de Beek's agent has revealed too that Arsenal were among the teams battling United for the player's signature this year.

“Manchester United is certainly the right choice,” Sjaak Swart told Ajax Showtime.

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“There were more clubs with interest, such as Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Juventus and Arsenal. There were six in total, but it all came to an end because of the coronavirus.”

On Arsenal’s interest, he added: “Yes, they really wanted him.

“But they just couldn’t get the money for a transfer. Even the biggest clubs struggle.

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