Van de Beek ignoring Real transfer talk
Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek says he's paying no attention to reports of a potential January move to Real Madrid.
The 22-year-old was one of the stars of Ajax’s exceptional 2018-19 season during which they won the Eredivisie title, the KNVB Cup and reached the Champions League semi-finals.
The Netherlands international was heavily linked with a move away from the Amsterdam Arena during the summer.
Ajax managed to hang on to one of their top homegrown stars, selling the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt instead.
However, Van de Beek’s future is set to come under more scrutiny in the new year when the transfer window re-opens, with Real Madrid and Manchester United reportedly among his suitors.
Erik ten Hag: “Van de Beek to Real Madrid? Our focus is on Ajax. That goes for the players, and for me as a coach. I’ve seen Onana being linked to several clubs, Ziyech too, Tagliafico too again this week. We are not paying attention to any of it.” pic.twitter.com/xwJsUzf191
— (@TheEuropeanLad) December 6, 2019
It was reported by the Dutch press last week that Real are now willing to meet Ajax’s 55million euros asking price, having previously baulked at the sum, and that a deal will be completed next month, with a view to him joining the 13-time European champions in July.
United are unlikely to let Los Blancos have a clear run at the player, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to improve his options in midfield.
When asked about a potential move to the Bernabeu in January, Van de Beek was keeping tight-lipped, saying: “I am not at all concerned with this at the moment. There are now much more important things to talk about.”
Real spent big during the summer, bringing in the likes of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy, but they failed to address their midfield.
The Spanish giants were linked with a move for Paul Pogba but failed to land head coach Zinedine Zidane’s top target.
Real are thought to have maintained their interest in the Frenchman but, with United standing firm, a move for Van de Beek might be more realistic.