With Andres Iniesta in the twilight of his career, Barcelona is looking for someone potent enough to replace the 33-year-old veteran in central midfield. Many players from Premier League and outside it have been linked with a rumoured transfer to Nou Camp and one of them is Ajax youngster Donny van de Beek.

The Netherland international is one of the most promising young prospects in Dutch football in the current scenario. He has emerged as a brilliant team player over the past couple of years and has contributed a lot in taking his team up the ladder this season.

Not only the Catalan giants but also the Premier League club Manchester United has shown prolonged interest in the Ajax midfielder. The German champions Bayern Munich are not far behind, with their scouts keeping a close eye on the 20-year-old starlet to rope him in.

The youngster is instrumental in playing a solid team game at Ajax and has always been in the thick of things for the last couple of seasons. The Dutch international has played 39 matches for Ajax and has scored 6 goals for his current club. As a central midfielder, Donny van de Beek likes to set up his teammates with short passes and often does layoffs. His passing skills are as good as his tackling, which helps in intercepting passes played between players of the opponent team. He is also known for his exceptional passing, helping his teammates to get more balls in the attacking third.

With all these abilities, Donny van de Beek is considered as one of the best young midfielders in the world in the current scenario. It goes without saying that with the interest of the biggest clubs focused on the Dutch prodigy, Ajax can look to demand a good amount of money in the transfer market for him. Van de Beek’s current contract with the Dutch club ends in 2020.

Former Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal was one of the highest rated admirers of Donny van de Beek’s abilities. During his reign, he had a close eye on the youngster and would have roped him in by the end of his last season as the Red Devils manager.

Reportedly, Barcelona has dispatched scouts to have a close look at the youngster with the transfer window closing in. With the exit of Luis Enrique from the post of manager, the Catalan club might look to freshen things up with a rush of young blood at Nou Camp.

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