Real Madrid have moved into pole position to sign Ajax’s £100million-rated Donny van Beek – just three months after Manchester United decided against signing the midfielder for almost a third of the price.

United failed to make a move for the 22-year-old Dutch international after his Amsterdam club quoted the Reds a £35million asking price.

And now Real have stepped up their efforts to land Van Beek at the end of the season – and have made it clear that they will not be put off by Ajax’s dramatically inflated valuation.

Van Beek, who came thought the famed Ajax academy, was in the team beaten by United in the 2017 Europa League final.