Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek has confirmed that talks are ongoing regarding his potential move to Real Madrid this summer.
Donny van de Beek has shockingly admitted that Real Madrid are in talks to secure his services from Ajax this summer – as reported by The Sun. The Dutch international has been viewed as an alternative to Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba.
“There are still negotiations. I would like things to be resolved as soon as possible. When I am at the stadium and playing, I don’t ever think about my possible move,” said the Dutchman.
Donny van de Beek’s admission will surely come as a sigh of relief for Real Madrid fans, who were desperate for their club to sign a new central midfielder this summer. But, at the same time, it would be a massive blow for Paul Pogba, whose hopes of completing a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu may well be diminished, should the Ajax sensation join Los Blancos this summer.
Pogba was believed to be Zinedine Zidane’s number one midfield target. But, United’s persistence in keeping hold of the Frenchman looks to have paid off as Real Madrid were put off by their hefty valuation. However, van de Beek could be more than a decent alternative for the French world champion, who recently starred in Manchester United’s 4-0 rout over Chelsea.
The Dutch international isn’t afraid to commit himself into attacking stances. In fact, van de Beek was involved in as many as 19 league goals for Ajax last term and has already started this season on a positive note, scoring two goals and providing two assists in just two matches.
The young midfielder’s productivity could be beneficial for Real Madrid’s central midfield unit, consisting of Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric, among many others combined for just nine out of the club’s 63 league goals last season. To that end, van de Beek could be a significant boost to the lineup.
Speaking of lineup, the native of Niijkerkerveen has predominantly featured as an attacking midfielder for Ajax. But, he can easily be slotted into the extra midfield role in Zidane’s classic 4-3-3 setup. Alternatively, he can also be deployed as the lone number ten in a 4-2-3-1, though he may face stiff competition from Isco.
Either way, van de Beek potentially seems like an excellent signing for Real Madrid. The Dutchman has already shown what he is capable of at the highest level of football and at the age of just 22, he could be a smart long-term investment for Los Merengues, who will now fancy his chances of snapping him up.