Ajax’s Donnie van de Beek and his agent have been informed by Real Madrid that they will not make any progress for the player ‘for now’ – and Manchester United could look to take advantage as they bid €40m. prepare
While Frankie de Jong and Mathieu de Ligt departed last summer, Van de Beek stayed on and shone for the 2018/19 Champions League semi-finalists.
The Dutchman made 37 appearances in all competitions in 2019/20 before play was suspended due to the coronavirus, scoring ten goals and providing 11 assists.
Donnie van de Beek – Ajax/Socrate Images/Getty Images
The 23-year-old continues to attract attention, with Real often mentioned as the most interested side. However, Marca now report that the midfielder and his agent have sought to clarify whether Los Blancos will make a move to offload him, with United still interested.
However, the pair have been informed that should Van de Beek set his sights on a move to the Bernabeu, they will have to wait as Real are not currently planning to sign anyone ‘for now’.
The likes of Kai Havertz, Erling Haaland and others have already been linked with a move to Madrid, but Marca say a move of that value is unlikely for Real, due to the financial impact of the coronavirus on clubs.
Van de Beek celebrates his goal against Tottenham in the Champions League last season / Tom Jenkins/Getty Images
Additionally, Zinedine Zidane has been keen to land United’s Paul Pogba for some time, with a source confirming to 90 Minutes in April that the Frenchman’s preference remains to join Los Blancos to join Zidane.
However, despite Pogba’s contract situation, if Madrid aren’t willing to raise the money necessary to bring in Van de Beek, they will struggle to agree a deal for Pogba with United anytime soon.
Acknowledging the current situation, Voetbal International now report that United are ready to make a move for Van de Beek and the Red Devils will open talks ‘soon’ ready to make a €40m offer.
Paul Pogba – Manchester United / Robbie J Barratt – AMA/Getty Images
Voetbal say Madrid have agreed a deal with Van de Beek and Ajax, but the report further confirms that the Spanish giants ‘want to wait’ for now.
As a result, it has left the door wide open for United, who will now look to capitalize. In a further boost to the Premier League outfit, it has already been said that Ajax would be happy to do business with United as they have been disappointed by Real’s approach to the deal.