Donny Van de Beek is one of the hottest prospects in demand in Europe with Real Madrid and Manchester United said to be in the battle for his signature.
The 23-year-old has netted 10 times for the Eredivise side across all competitions in the 2019/20 campaign and was said to have reached a verbal agreement with the Spanish club for a move this summer.
But Zinedine Zidane’s side are reported to be pulling out of the race to sign the attacking midfielder due to financial uncertainties as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
And such reports leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team in pole position to sign the youngster in the summer, with De Boar suggesting he could be a bargain for the club.
“When you hear these clubs pass by, I know your heart will beat faster,” de Boer told FOX Sports. “Maybe this train will never pass by anymore for him. 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.
“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 Pogbas running around. He wants players like Donny van de Beek.”
Edwin Van der Sar, Ajax’s chief executive officer confirmed the Red Devils interest in Van de Beek earlier this week.
“It’s clear that clubs like Real Madrid and are Manchester United are showing interest in Donny van de Beek,” he told NOS – though he warned that there would be no coronavirus-enforced discount on any Ajax players.