Real Madrid cool interest in Ajax midfielder: ‘They would rather sign Paul Pogba’

Real Madrid have cooled their interest in Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, claims Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. The Dutch international has been linked with a move to the Spanish giants for months and there would have even been a personal agreement between Van de Beek and Real Madrid. Due to the coronacrisis and other plans, Madrid will not be making a move for the Ajax starlet.

De Telegraaf’s chief of football Valentijn Driessen says: “Real Madrid have withdrawn. They sort of told him: ‘If you want to join another club you are free to do so’. They don’t want to commit to Van de Beek at the moment.” The club is looking at other players at the moment, including Paul Pogba. “He represents a massive commercial value, much more than Van de Beek”, Driessen added.

“A player like Pogba repays itself rather than Van de Beek. First they want to sign the big boys, then they will look for back-ups. Real are have a debt of €300m and they are ready to spend another €300m in their stadium. Then spending €55m on a player like Van de Beek is a lot of money, especially during these corona times.