Real Madrid will reportedly refocus their attention on midfielder Donny van de Beek next year, after failing to sign the Netherlands international this summer, per AS.
Los Blancos’ dogged pursuit of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba meant that a move for the Ajax man never came to fruition, despite months of rumours linking him with a move to the Spanish capital.
However, with another year’s worth of experience under his belt in the Eredivisie, Real could once again be tempted to bring the 22-year-old to the Bernabeu.
Van de Beek was rumoured to be leaving Ajax for around €50m this summer, per AS’s report, though should he enjoy another fantastic season in his homeland this time around, that fee is expected to rise significantly in twelve months time.
The Netherlands international scored 17 goals and provided a further 13 assists for Ajax last term, but is reportedly happy to stay in Holland for another season as he feels it is best for his development as a player.
Zinedine Zidane’s yearn to acquire Paul Pogba was well documented this summer, but Donny van de Beek may actually be a much better alternative to the Frenchman next year.
Alongside being four years his senior, van de Beek also seems to have the correct attitude – suggested by his desire to stay at Ajax this season to help his progression – something you could argue Pogba does not have following his behaviour in calling for a new challenge this summer.
Should van de Beek continue to impress the footballing world by his mature performances in an Ajax shirt, it seems only a matter of time before he makes the switch to one of Europe’s biggest sides, with Madrid seemingly front of the queue as things stand.
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