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‘Van de Beek will be allowed to leave Ajax but not for cheap’

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Donny van de Beek will be allowed to leave Ajax this summer but it won’t come at a cheap price, according to the club’s chief executive Edwin Van der Sar.

Van de Beek will be allowed to leave Ajax this summer but it won’t come at a cheap price, according to the club’s chief executive Edwin Van der Sar.

Manchester United have been linked with the midfielder who has impressed this season with 10 goals and 11 assists in all competitions for Ajax.

There is a general thought that player values could drop drastically due to the effects of the pandemic.

But Ajax chief executive Van der Sar said the Dutch club place a high value on Van de Beek and other players who stole the hearts of many in the Champions League last season.

The former United goalkeeper insists the club will not come in the way of his transfer, with Van de Beek also believed to be on the radar of Real Madrid and Juventus.

In an interview with Reuters, Van der Sar was adamant he won’t be going for cheap regardless of the current situation.

“In January last year, people said we were going to lose seven or eight players but we lost only two key members,” 

“The big clubs such as Bayern Munich have said the benchmark fee will go down in the next few transfer windows. But it’s easier for them to say because they are the buyers.

“Of course, the €150m-€200m (£131m-£175m) transfers are gone.

“But I think there is still a lot of value for players who come from Ajax. Well educated, experienced in winning and playing European football.”

“Last year, we made verbal agreements with [Andre] Onana, [Nicolas] Tagliafico, Van de Beek to stay another season and then we look to help each other and find the next step in their careers.

“Nothing has changed. There won’t be a 50% discount. The clubs can forget about that.”

Ajax have already let Hakim Ziyech leave to Chelsea this season and it looks likely Van de Beek could be next in line.

United remain strongly interested in the attacker but it’s been claimed that the 23-year-old prefers a move to Spain, with Real Madrid.