According to reports, Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Donny van de Beek has got the English Premier League in his sights.
Van de Beek has attracted strong interest from several clubs across Europe following a breakthrough campaign in which he helped the Dutch giants to a domestic double and the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League.
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Dutch football expert Marcel Van der Kraan claims that the 22-year-old has identified Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United as his preferred destinations, with the two clubs now set to battle for his signature.
“Donny van de Beek has his eyes set on the Premier League,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT.
“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.”
Van de Beek scored 17 goals and assisted a further 13 in 57 appearances across all competitions last season.
Cleveland Indians’ Corey Kluber working hard on recovery
Cleveland Indians’ ace pitcher Corey Kluber says he is working hard on a return to the mound for the Major League Baseball (MLB) team, though he admits that he is unsure of exactly when he will be back in action.
The 33-year-old suffered a broken right forearm from a line drive back up the middle at the Miami Marlins on May 1.
“It’s coming along,” Kluber is quoted by WKYC. “Every checkpoint that I’ve been supposed to hit so far, I’ve hit.
“I’m just in this stage now where we still have to get permission from the doctors, and hopefully, that’s coming soon because I’m eager to start doing more baseball-type activities.
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“The last update I got was kind of what Tito gave you also. It’s kind of wait until they want to do it again, but so far, everything’s been going according to plan, like they expect it to.”
Kluber recalls his initial reaction to the incident that broke his arm: “At that point in time, you have a lot of adrenaline going through your body.
“I’m not going to say it didn’t hurt. It hurt, but in the heat of the game, my first reaction was to try and go get an out, run after the ball and my arm didn’t feel right.
“I don’t know that something was wrong, so to speak, but I’ve been hit enough to know it felt different than other times I’ve gotten hit.
“The first step I took, it didn’t feel very good, so I just tried not to use it as I ran after the ball.”
The subject of much trade talk during the offseason, Kluber remains with the Indians, where he has posted a 98-58 record with a 3.16 earned run average in 208 games, including 203 starts, over parts of nine seasons at the MLB level.