Manchester United could try to hijack Real Madrid's bid to sign Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax Amsterdam.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to strengthen a
number of areas during the close season and central midfield is
definitely high on his list of priorities.
It is well known that both Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and
Leicester City’s James Maddison are high on his list of transfer
targets, but there is also the possibility he could make a move for Van
Landing the Dutchman will be far from easy though as Real are still
said to be in the box seat after missing out on a deal last summer.
Los Blancos thought they had him on board after agreeing a fee with
Ajax and terms with the player, but they needed to move players out
first and couldn't.
That is why Real coach Zinedine Zidane was keen to cash in on James
Rodriquez and Gareth Bale, but both remained at the Bernabeu and so did
Van de Beek at Ajax.
They will look to wrap up a deal in the next transfer window and will
be favourites to do so, but that will not stop United from trying their
luck with their own offer.
Van de Beek was a revelation last season and was part of the Ajax
side that made it all the way to the Champions League semi-finals before
losing to Tottenham.
He has proven he is no one-season wonder after firing home 14 goals
and providing another seven assists, so it is no surprise that United
are considering rivalling Real Madrid for his services.
If United did make a move it could come down to the player and where
he would prefer to play his football for the next few seasons, Old
Trafford or the Bernabeu.
- TEAMtalk media