Real Madrid and Man Utd go head-to-head to sign Ajax key man

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La Liga giants Real Madrid have reportedly been in pole position to beat Manchester United in securing the services of Ajax creative midfielder Donny van de Beek.

The Dutchman has emerged on the radar of several top teams due to his fine form last campaign alongside Frenkie de Jong during the club’s route to reach the Semi-finals of the Champions League.

The Red Devils are believed to have backed away from securing the services of Van de Beek after they were quoted an asking price of £35m in the summer.

According to The Mirror, Zinedine Zidane’s side have stepped up their efforts to finalise a deal for the Dutchman who is now valued at around £100m by Ajax.

Van de Beek has revealed that the Los Blancos are indeed interested in the 22-year-old midfielder, but stressed that he would not consider his next move until the conclusion of the 2019-20 season.

The dynamic playmaker was expected to follow in the footsteps of De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, who finalised moves to Barcelona and Juventus respectively over the summer.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have reportedly stepped up their interest in securing the services of Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the 20-tiems English champions had identified the Frenchman as their top transfer target for the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old has managed to found back of the net 18 times in 67 game for the Catalan club in all competitions, however, the former Dortmund forward off-the-field conduct has been widely criticised at Spanish giants.