Dutch ace tipped to snub Spurs and hold out for Real
Tottenham have missed out on the signing of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, who appears to have his heart set on a move to Real Madrid.
New Spurs boss Jose Mourinho will be looking to bolster his ranks with a number of new signings in both the January and summer transfer windows and Van de Beek is one of the players on his wanted list.
The 22-year-old has been a revelation for Ajax, making 159 appearances for the Dutch giants, while he has also picked up nine caps for the Holland national side.
Mourinho is keen to bolster his midfield as doubts surround the futures of a number of players, including Christian Eriksen, and Van de Beek would be a more than adequate replacement if he could get him on board.
It would take a figure in the region of 55million euros to lure him away, and while that figure may not be a problem for Spurs, convincing the player to move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium might be.
Reports in the Dutch media are claiming that Van de Beek is not overly excited by the idea of working with Mourinho and is holding out for a move elsewhere.
Real are said to be his number one choice, but it remains to be seen if Los Blancos would be interested in doing a deal as they have other targets, including Eriksen and Paul Pogba.
It has also been suggested that Van de Beek has no intention of leaving Ajax in the January window and will see out the season with them before deciding on his next move.
A switch away from the Dutch side looks to be on the cards as he wishes to follow in the footsteps of former team-mates Matthijs De Ligt and Frenkie De Jong, who joined Juventus and Barcelona respectively last summer.
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.