Ajax’s Donny Van de Beek emerges as Real Madrid’s potential Plan B target if they don’t sign Paul Pogba in midfield overhaul this summer
Ajax star Donny Van de Beek has emerged as a potential Plan B target for Real Madrid this summer.
The 21-year-old midfielder scored the winning goal as Ajax seized the advantage in their Champions League semi-final tie with Tottenham on Tuesday night.
With 16 goals and 11 assists in all competitions for Ajax this season, Van de Beek is one of Europe’s most exciting talents.
Ajax’s Donny van de Beek has emerged as a potential summer target for Real Madrid
The midfielder scored Ajax’s winning goal at Tottenham in their Champions League semi-final
And, according to Marca, Real are keeping tabs on him as they seek to bolster their midfield as part of manager Zinedine Zidane’s expected summer overhaul.
Real’s primary target in midfield is Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, but the Frenchman’s wage demands are forcing the Bernabeu hierarchy to look at alternatives.
And Van de beek could be an alternative option and one for the long-term, with Marca reporting he would cost €60million (£51.4m) to buy.
Real are impressed by his ability to drive Ajax forward, his physicality and his interceptions and tackles to win back possession.
Van de Beek has been a key part of a young and talented Ajax team this season
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba remains Real Madrid’s primary summer midfield target
Van de Beek, a product of the Ajax academy, could well be one of many members of the team on the move this summer regardless of whether they win the Champions League or not.
Frenkie de Jong has already been signed by Barcelona and Matthijs de Ligt could well follow suit.
Paris Saint-Germain also have Van de Beek on their radar.