Real Madrid are reportedly in pole position to sign Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek next year, according to the Mirror.
Los Blancos were linked with the Netherlands international during the summer but never made a move for him, instead pursuing chief transfer target Paul Pogba.
The Spanish titans are, however, still rumoured to be interested in Van de Beek, who Ajax are reportedly now valuing at £100m following an impressive season last term which saw the 22-year-old help the Dutch giants win the Eredivisie title and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The Mirror report that Manchester United were offered the chance to sign Van de Beek three months ago, but were put off by Ajax’s £35m valuation of the player.
He is now thought to be valued at almost three times that, with Madrid allegedly willing to pay Ajax whatever they want to bring him to the Bernabeu.
Van de Beek has already scored three goals and provided six assists for Ajax in all competitions this season, as per TransferMarkt, and is widely known to be one of the most promising young central midfielders in Europe at this moment in time, making Real’s reported interest in him more than understandable.
If Manchester United did actually have the chance to sign Van de Beek for £35m in the summer, but turned it down, then that could potentially be one of the worst decisions the club has made in recent history – and there’s been plenty of competition for that accolade in the previous decade *cough* David Moyes’ six-year contract *cough*.
Real Madrid will be thankful for the Red Devils’ reported stupidity, though, as it leaves them open to swoop for the young Netherlands star.
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