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The desire of Donny Van de Beek (22 years old, Ajax) of playing in the Real Madrid It is an open secret. The midfielder was available all summer to arrive in Chamartín but finally the operation did not happen. However, the player remains on the agenda of the white club for the next season and its incorporation could be closed in the absence of the “yes” of Zinedine Zidane.

Van de Beek conquered Europe last season with his performance at Ajax. The midfielder was key for the Dutch team to reach the Champions League semifinals, signing one of the best seasons of the Amsterdam team. Its incidence from the core made the great clubs of the Old Continent look at it, including Real Madrid.

The whites were making what would be the template of the new Zidane project in front of Real Madrid. The priority was clear: it was necessary to strengthen the core. The exit of players like Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) or Marcos Llorente (Atlético de Madrid) forced the meringue club to incorporate signings in this area, although everything was complicated as the transfer market progressed.

The difficulty of signing Pogba

Zidane enrolled in the arrival of Paul Pogba (26 years old, Manchester United). The French coach wanted to take the services of his countryman and did not contemplate another signing. However, Manchester United was planted from the beginning of the summer window with unbearable conditions for Real Madrid.

Paul Pogba, in a Manchester United match


“200 million or nothing.” That was the amount in which Old Trafford's people rated their great star's freedom letter. An economic outlay that was not going to be assumed in Chamartín and that closed the door at the arrival of the French star at Santiago Bernabéu.

Agreement between the parties

Madrid keeps intact its desire to sign Pogba, although it also works in other operations. The priority is once again to prop up the center of the field and Van de Beek becomes a very tasteful player of the Real Madrid dome for next summer.

Everything is more advanced than it might seem. The player, Real Madrid and Ajax have an agreement to finalize the operation in the summer window of 2020. This was stated by the Dutch newspaper The Telegraaf Recently. Negotiations that were already advanced considerably last summer.

Donny Van de Beek, in a match with Ajax in Amsterdam. Photo: Instagram (@donnyvdbeek)

Donny Van de Beek, in a match with Ajax in Amsterdam. Photo: Instagram (@donnyvdbeek)

The last word about Van de Beek's arrival in Real Madrid will be Zidane, since it is his project in Concha Espina. The player is the type of midfielder who was looking for the French coach to shore up the spinal cord. In fact, it was considered the 'low cost' Pogba.

Physicist and goal for the core

The Dutchman is a footballer with a great capacity for physical deployment and a good touch of the ball. His arrival from the second line, with the ability to break lines, could add positively to the offensive plot of Real Madrid, where this season scorers such as Fede Valverde, Luka Modric or Toni Kroos have been uncovered.

It would be an important piece to give rest to players like Valverde or Casemiro in the white core. A priori he would arrive as a footballer who would be part of the team's rotations, but with the ability to compete for ownership for the future.

Highly quoted in Europe

Van de Beek is a highly valued player in Europe. If last summer multiple clubs were interested in your situation, in recent months the situation has not changed. Manchester United has tried to accelerate these weeks an approach by the player with the aim of signing him for next season, but his priority is still Real Madrid.

The Dutchman has a contract with Ajax until 2022, but could leave the club for an amount of between 60 and 70 million euros. Those are the figures that were handled last summer to get their services.

Donny Van de Beek celebrates a goal with Ajax in Champions

Donny Van de Beek celebrates a goal with Ajax in Champions


The reality is that Van de Beek will not leave Ajax in January. The player wants to finish the season in Amsterdam, but he would welcome a change of air in summer. A position similar to that maintained by Madrid. And Zidane is not very friendly with mid-season incorporations. In fact, the French coach has always shielded his squad in winter markets, showing his confidence towards the troops at his disposal.

'Zizou' will die with his players until next summer. There will be no incorporations in January, only departures such as those of Brahim or Mariano. From June, it will evaluate options to prop up your project for 2020/2021.

(More information: Real Madrid's plans for the winter market: departures … and signings?)



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