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Real Madrid Zoning In On This Eredivisie Midfielder: What Will He Add To Zidane’s Team?

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According to a recent report by Marca, Real Madrid are ‘hours away’ from clinching a deal to bring Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek to the Spanish capital during this ongoing summer transfer window.

The same source has also stated that the Galacticos’ pursuit of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has come to a standstill, so they are now ready to recruit Van de Beek before the start of the new campaign.

Donny van de Beek’s Incredible Season In The Dutch Top-Flight

The Dutch midfield ace joined Ajax at a young age and has worked his way up the club’s youth system before enjoying the best campaign of his playing career last season. The 22-year-old’s incredible contributions helped the Amsterdam giants make it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League where they were knocked out by Tottenham Hotspur over two legs. He put in a consistent run of performances for Ajax and was rewarded for all his efforts with the Eredivisie title earlier this summer.

Van de Beek appeared in 57 matches for the Dutch side in the last term, finding the back of the net on 17 occasions while creating 13 assists on all fronts. He has also secured five international caps for the Netherlands thus far. The Eredivisie rising star could play a key role for his country in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar if he can continue with his development.

What Will The Dutch Talent Add To Zidane’s Team?

Van de Beek loves the freedom to operate as a box-to-box attacking midfielder and is capable of making some dangerous runs from midfield in the opposition half. 

The Netherlands international showed glimpses of what he is capable of in the 2018-19 campaign by consistently scoring or creating goals for the Eredivisie heavyweights. He is getting better with each season and has the potential to become a world-class talent in his position someday.

Recruiting a midfielder of Van de Beek’s prolific nature will undeniably bolster Zinedine Zidane’s attacking options at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. At 22, the Nijkerkerveen-born prospect is yet to reach the peak years of his playing career which Real Madrid could look to benefit from over the next few campaigns. Zidane will now be in a race against time to land Van de Beek before the transfer window slams shut later this summer. 

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