Donny van de Beek confirmed that Real Madrid have begun talks with Ajax to discuss the prospect of signing him this summer.
Amid struggles to sign Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, Real have set their sights on a new midfield target in Van de Beek.
The 22-year-old was an integral part of the Ajax team that reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. He also had a big role in the club’s domestic double, with 17 goals and 13 assists to his name in 53 appearances across all competitions.
And Van de Beek seems set to carry on his strong form this term after scoring and providing an assist for Dusan Tadic in Ajax’s 2-2 draw at Vitesse in their Eredivisie opener on Saturday.
“It is true that Madrid are in talks with Ajax, but I can’t say any more,” he told Fox Sports.
“My agent will have spoken with them. Real Madrid are a great club to play for, but Ajax are still a great club. We’ll see what happens.”
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag admitted earlier this week that holding on to the midfielder will be difficult with Real knocking on his door.
The Eredivise champions have already suffered heavy losses in the transfer window following the departures of captain Matthijs de Ligt to Juventus and playmaker Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona.
The travelling Ajax supporters in Arnhem even tried to their bit to help the club by chanting for Van de Beek to remain at Amsterdam.
“You can obviously hear what the fans are singing during a game. ‘Donny, one more year’, something like that?” said the Netherlands international.
Van de Beek is under contract at Ajax until June 2022 and has also been of interest to Manchester City and Barcelona recently.
For Real to sign the talented youngster, however, reports have indicated they will have to pay around €60m.