Tottenham Hotspur look set to miss out in the hunt for Ajax ace Frenkie De Jong as Real Madrid are preparing a mammoth bid, according to De Telegraaf.
Mauricio Pochettino failed to sign a single player during the summer transfer window but is likely to bolster his squad in the January window, where midfield is set to be a position of focus if reports are to be believed.
The Lilywhites have been heavily linked with the services of Ajax starlet Frenkie De Jong but face missing out on the 21-year-old, as De Telegraaf states Real Madrid are plotting a €80m bid (£71.5m) to land the Netherlands international.
It is claimed that the defending European champions consider De Jong to be the perfect successor to former Spurs man Luka Modric, recently crowned FIFA’s World Player of the Year, but a huge fight is set to take place for his signature.
Along with Tottenham and Real Madrid, a host of top clubs across the continent are attributed with an interest in De Jong and De Telegraaf names Premier League pair Manchester United and Manchester City as also keen on the player.
Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are also attributed with an interest in the 21-year-old, who boasts two caps for the Netherlands after making his international debut earlier this month, which suggests a major bidding war could be set to take place.
While De Jong looks like he could be one of the finest talents to emerge from the Eredivisie in recent years, the huge fight that looks set to take place for his services should be enough to put Pochettino off a move for the midfielder.
Spurs, set to move to a new stadium, cannot afford to rival the European giants in the market considering what the latest figures are said to be and the Lilywhites would be better off looking for alternative options if they want to strengthen their midfield.
A move also seems extremely unlikely given the fact that their current record fee stands at the £36m paid for Davinson Sanchez, according to TransferMarkt, with a deal for De Jong potentially being almost double that amount.