Real Madrid are reportedly making Ajax duo Matthijs de Ligt and Donny van de Beek among their top transfer targets for the summer.
The Spanish giants look in need of a major rebuilding job after a difficult season, and raiding one of Europe’s most exciting teams could be a good place to start.
Ajax have been a joy to watch this season as they’ve made it as far as the Champions League semi-finals, and currently have a strong advantage over Tottenham following their first leg clash on Tuesday.
Van de Beek scored Ajax’s winner in north London, and Don Balon claim he’s seen as a cheap alternative to Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen for Real Madrid.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder certainly looks capable of playing for almost any side, and could be just what Real need in terms of a long-term signing for that important position.
De Ligt, meanwhile, has long looked one of Europe’s most exciting young players, with the potential of becoming one of the great centre-backs of his generation.
If Madrid can get these two for just €120m as Don Balon suggest, it could end up being smart business by the club that sets them up for the next decade.