Transfer Focus: Dutch journalist claims van de Beek wants Tottenham move

Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek wants to move to Tottenham Hotspur or Manchester United this summer, per Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan via TalkSport.

What’s the word?

Van de Beek has emerged as a genuine star this season, playing a key role in Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-finals and playing a part in the Netherlands’ run to the UEFA Nations League final.

The 22-year-old has already won five Netherlands caps and scored 17 goals in 2018-19, along with laying on 13 assists.

And van der Kraan, a journalist for De Telegraaf, believes that the midfielder wants to move to the Premier League in the summer transfer window.

He told TalkSPORT on Monday: “Donny van de Beek has his eyes set on the Premier League.

“I think he’s a proper Premier League player – he’s got a big tank, he’s got the education from Ajax, he can play in more positions in midfield.

“I think he’s got his eyes set on a club like Man United or Tottenham Hotspur.

“I’ve been talking to his agent, and he said if that would materialise it would be something right up his street.”

Levy’s trump card

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy could have the trump card that Spurs need in the race to sign Van de Beek.

The club have done plenty of business with Ajax in recent transfer windows, signing Davinson Sanchez, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen from the Dutch giants.

There is nothing to say that the Dutch club would not be open to adding to that list; it appears that a number of stars are poised to leave the club and van de Beek joining Spurs could be perfect for his development.

Ajax seem to care about that – they do not simply wash their hands of players and aftercare is something of a necessity.

Selling van de Beek to Spurs and having him play under Mauricio Pochettino, a manager who loves working with younger players, would ensure that box is ticked, and it could give Levy a key advantage over United.

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