Donny van de Beek could join Manchester United this summer if Real Madrid continue to hestitate over a deal, according to Ajax coach Ronald de Boer.
The Dutch midfielder is a target for United and Madrid this summer, with Ajax chief executive and former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar confirming the interest from the two European big sides.
Yet de Boer appeared to imply that the Spanish club are mulling over a £49million deal for the player, with Manchester United getting ready to bid £36million for the player.
De Boer told FOX Sports: ‘If Real Madrid again decide not to report themselves at Donny, then I can understand it if he decides to go to Manchester United instead.
‘On the one hand, I understand that Real Madrid are hesitating a bit. Another club could think, “hey, an interesting player, maybe we can get him for a little less”. For example Manchester United.’
The midfielder came through Ajax academy to make his first-team debut in 2015 and has since played 175 matches in all competitions for the club.
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Last campaign, van de Beek was very key in the Ajax team that reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, scoring in the quarter-final second-leg victory over Juventus and in both ties in the last-four defeat to Tottenham.
The Dutch midfielder has always been an Ajax supporter, after being taken by his father Andre to Amsterdam Arena for the first time at only the age of five.
De Boer, whose brother Frank gave van de Beek his first call-up to Ajax first-team matchday squad five years ago, believes the player fits the profile for what Solskjaer wants in his United squad.
The Ajax youth coach said: ‘Solskjaer has indicated that he wants to go in a new direction and wants players who are humble, their heart is with the club, a team player.
‘I think he is tired of the [Paul] Pogbas running around. He wants players like Donny van de Beek.’