Zinedine Zidane’s dogged pursuit of Paul Pogba this summer meant Real Madrid had to put finding a midfield alternative on the backburner. One such alternative is Dutch midfielder Donny Van de Beek, a player Madrid will reportedly come back in for during next summer’s transfer window.
On 2 August, the Dutch midfielder admitted interest from Real Madrid: “Yes, Real Madrid are interested in me. But you go really fast,” he said as Los Blancos’ negotiations with Manchester United for Paul Pogba started to reach an impasse. Nevertheless, Zidane cooled interest in the 22-year-old in the belief that only Pogba was the missing piece in his midfield puzzle. In a similar situation to Kepa, who had almost signed on the dotted line but was ruled out by Zidane and his preference for Keylor, Van de Beek was told around 10 August that Madrid were pulling out of a deal, one which will now have to wait until next season.