Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Perez have been trying to get more firepower for their Real Madrid, and judging for what the team showed during the preseason, they may need to speed up things.
And now that Zidane is reportedly eager to sign a new midfielder even if Paul Pogba's off the table, rumors point towards Los Blancos setting their eyes on Ajax's Donny van de Beek.
Furthermore, the 22-year-old did little to put those rumors at ease when talking to Fox Sports, as he confirmed there's been contact from Real Madrid over his availability:
"Of course I hear stuff like that from time to time and it's always good to hear about it. But the situation is still the same, even though the media keep creating new stories. Of course, there is interest, but people tend to rush to conclusions about that," van de Beek told Fox Sports.
When asked about the Paul Pogba situation and the fact that he could be Real Madrid's second choice for the midfielder spot, van de Beek didn't seem to care much:
"I haven't heard it being talked about like that, but it could be true. There's more to it than what’s in the newspapers, but you don't have to believe everything that is written. There's always a lot of nonsense. I don't have to tell you what is and isn't true, but again, I'm focusing on Saturday (Ajax's season opener vs. Vitesse) and the rest is up to you guys," the midfielder added.
The Dutch champions have already lost Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong at the hand of European giants, so their boss Erik ten Hag is well aware of the fact that they may also have to deal with van de Beek's departure. However, he vowed to make things difficult for Los Blancos:
"Of course we don't want to lose him, so we have to do all we can to keep him here, but when clubs like that come around… it will be very tough. We did very well last year, so you know the players will be wanted. We're a small football country. It's just how it works. How important is Donny for us? That's obvious." ten Hag concluded, as quoted by BeSoccer.