Real Madrid have reportedly given up on their pursuit of Paul Pogba, and will look to sign an alternative to the French superstar at the end of the season.
Despite Zinedine Zidane's insistence that Real sign Pogba, chairman Florentino Perez was unable to complete a deal with Manchester United for the Frenchman's signature, and the club has now reportedly turned their attention to an alternative option.
According to Spanish publication AS, the LaLiga giants will approach Ajax Amsterdam at the end of the season in order to sign Netherlands international midfielder Donny van de Beek.
Los Blancos had enquired about the 22-year-old's availability during the transfer window, but Zidane is said to have blocked the move, remaining adamant the club focus instead on completing a deal for Pogba.
Ajax reportedly placed a price tag of €50 million (R809 million) on the Dutchman's head, but that figure could rise if he improves on his return of last season, which saw him record 17 goals and 13 assists across all competitions.
Van de Beek, an Ajax academy graduate, has made 145 appearances for the club since making his senior debut in 2015.
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