Manchester United could beat Real Madrid to the signing of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek after the club’s youth team coach Ronald de Boer provided an update from the Johan Cruijff ArenA.
United are in the market for a midfielder this summer and they have placed Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Leicester’s James Maddison on their radar.
However, both of those Premier League stars could cost in excess of £50million, which may not be available should the Red Devils move for Jadon Sancho.
Therefore, United have been looking at cheaper alternatives and Van de Beek fits the bill.
De Boer expects the 23-year-old to leave Ajax this summer and he reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may fancy taking the Dutchman to Old Trafford.
“When you hear these clubs pass by, I know your heart will beat faster,” De Boer told FOX Sports.
“If Real Madrid again decide not to report themselves at Donny, then I can understand it if he decides to go to Manchester United instead.
“On the one hand, I understand that Real Madrid are hesitating a bit. Another club could think, ‘hey, an interesting player, maybe we can get him for a little less’. For example Manchester United.
“Solskjaer has indicated that he wants to go in a new direction and wants players who are humble, their heart is with the club, a team player.
“I think he is tired of the Pogbas running around. He wants players like Donny van de Beek.”
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Meanwhile, European football expert Milan van Dongen also thinks United stand a good chance of landing Van de Beek.
“Everyone was sure he would go to Real Madrid,” Van Dongen said. “There was an agreement between both clubs a few months ago for €50million, the only thing lacking was the medical in Madrid.
“The whole contract was made between the clubs, he agreed himself with Real Madrid, everything was fine. Then the pandemic came around.
“[Now] They’re doubting if they can make such a big transfer of €50million. It’s not a huge amount for Real, but in the current times it’s a lot of money.
“There’s a bit of doubt in Madrid and all of a sudden Manchester United came around the corner and according to rumours offered €40million.
“Ajax wants the €50million from Madrid, they won’t sell him for less. It’s now up to Ajax, they don’t care where he goes.
“Van de Beek has always wanted to go to Real, they’re the biggest club in the world.
“But because they’re doubting, he’s also doubting now.
“It’s a fight between the two clubs and he doesn’t know where he’s going.”
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