Reports in Spain claim that Ajax’s midfield star Donny van de Beek has snubbed all interests from Manchester United and has decided to join La Liga giants Real Madrid instead for a reported fee of £47million.
A number of top European clubs are said to be interested in the Netherlands international for his fantastic performances which helped Ajax reach the Champions League semi-finals last season.
He has continued his brilliant form during this season as well and has already bagged six goals and provided four assists in 16 league matches for the Eredivisie champions.
Real Madrid are said to be looking for a replacement for Luka Modric, and it is believed Zinedine Zidane has chosen the 22-year-old as the man to succeed the Ballon d’Or winner.
Van de Beek, however, denied any possible transfer rumours earlier this week while speaking at Ajax’s mid-season training camp in Qatar. He said:
I have said it before and I will say it again: I will remain at Ajax this season. And maybe next season as well.
“These reports about Real Madrid or Manchester United are a good sign, but it is not important now. I’ve said I will stay at Ajax and I will do so 100 per cent.”
Despite what Van de Beek said, Marca claim that a deal has been agreed between the clubs for Van de Beek to move to the Bernabeu, though he will not arrive until the summer. Marca are known to be Real’s mouthpiece, so you need to take this news with a pinch of salt.
Other playmakers the Red Devils have been linked with are Leicester’s James Maddison, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, and the most likely of them all, Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes.