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Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek confirms Real Madrid interest

By CJ Smith

Published: 13:30, 3 August 2019

Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek has confirmed Real Madrid are interested in signing him this summer.

The 22-year-old notched three goals and two assists during the Amsterdam club’s run to last season’s Champions League semi-finals – knocking out Real Madrid along the way – becoming one of many from that squad to be linked with a big move.

Van de Beek to Real? Five key things to know…

  • Van de Beek scored 17 goals for Ajax last season.
  • This form helped deliver a domestic double for the Dutch giants.
  • But it has also seen him linked with a move away from the club.
  • Real Madrid reportedly see him as a cheaper alternative to Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen.
  • And Van de Beek has now confirmed interest from Los Blancos.

Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt have already departed for Barcelona and Juventus, respectively, and Van de Beek has been linked with Real Madrid for some time now, with Los Blancos possibly seeing him as a cheaper alternative to Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

Ajax begin the defence of their Eredivisie title against Vitesse on Saturday and in the build-up, Van de Beek was asked about the Real Madrid rumours.

“Yes, Real Madrid are interested in me, but you are going very fast,” he responded.

“I don’t want to talk about what’s there or what is not, now I want to be focused on the match (for Ajax) against Vitesse.”

It is thought that Real Madrid are yet to meet Ajax’s €65m valuation of Van de Beek and are looking for a deal more in the region of €50m.

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Regardless, that will be considerably less than any fee they would pay for Pogba, who is thought to be valued around the €150m mark.

Los Blancos have already spent big this summer as Zinedine Zidane seeks to improve on last season’s third-place La Liga finish, bringing in the likes of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy.

Real were likely looking to recoup a large amount of their spend with the sale of Gareth Bale, although a move for him is looking increasingly unlikely.