Van de Beek has struggled to make an impact during his first season in England after joining from Ajax for £40million and has already been tipped to move away.
It may very well be former United coach Mourinho who hands the 24-year-old an exit, with Calciomercato reporting that he is keen to lure him to his latest project.
Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek (L) is a target for new Roma coach Jose Mourinho (R)
Van de Beek (middle) joined from Ajax for £40m but has been tipped to leave after one season
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Mourinho’s successor at Old Trafford, has often played down speculation over Van de Beek and insisted the Dutchman remains key to his plans.
But despite this, the out-of-favour midfielder has made just 16 appearances in the Premier League, scoring one goal and teeing up another.
With Bruno Fernandes a consistent performer for United in the No 10 role, Van de Beek has been forced to settle for a back-up role.
Mourinho is said to have lined up the raid on ex-club United with Van de Beek’s future unclear
He has also found himself behind other first-team regulars Paul Pogba, Fred and Scott McTominay at times this term.
As a result of the uncertainty, Mourinho has been touted to pounce in his attempt to strengthen his Roma team, which he will take charge of this summer.
His shock appointment was unveiled last week with the experienced 58-year-old taking up his next role just a matter of weeks after being sacked by Tottenham.
Mourinho will return to the top-flight in Italy for the first time since leaving Inter Milan in 2010 and has been dealt a tough task with Roma enduring a poor season.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (R) has continued to insist Van de Beek’s chance will arrive
Under Paulo Fonseca, who will depart shortly, the club are currently lying in seventh spot and were knocked out of the Europa League semi-finals by Solskjaer’s United.
Mourinho’s efforts to reinforce his midfield at the Stadio Olimpico may have been dealt a blow, however, with United said to be adamant they will keep Van de Beek.
According to The Sun, United will rebuff any approaches and have assured him that his chance will arrive.
Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham last month but took up the Roma job just two weeks later
A mural was unveiled on a wall on Rome as the Italian capital waits for the Special One’s arrival
The rumoured shortlist of other potential targets for Mourinho may come in handy, therefore, with several players from England being lined up for moves.
It has been claimed by Corriere dello Sport that Roma sporting director Tiago Pinto has already been handed a shopping list from Mourinho.
Featured among the names are Tottenham’s Eric Dier and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – while United veteran Juan Mata may also head to the Italian capital.