Real Madrid have reportedly ended their interest in Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, with the Spanish giants now turning their attention to Ajax star Donny van de Beek.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have been strongly linked with a move for Pogba throughout the transfer window, though the La Liga side have been so far unwilling to meet Manchester United‘s valuation of the 26-year-old after already investing heavily this summer in the likes of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic.
According to Madrid based publication, Marca, Real are now set to turn their attentions to Ajax’s Van de Beek as they bid to add to their midfield options.
The Spanish club apparently see the Dutchman as a cheaper alternative to Pogba, with claims having suggested that United want north of £150 million for their World Cup winning midfielder.
Van de Beek impressed in the Ajax side which reached last season’s Champions League semi-finals and according to the report, Real are hopeful of securing a deal for the 22-year-old in the region €50m.
Pogba is still believed to be keen on a move to the Bernabeu with reports emerging at the weekend that he refused to travel to Cardiff for United’s pre-season fixture with AC Milan in a bid to engineer a move away.
The France international missed the team’s flight to Wales on Friday afternoon, although Ole Gunnar Solksjaer reported that Pogba’s absence was simply due to a back spasm suffered in training.