Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Donny van de Beek has emerged on Los Blancos' transfer radar.
According to Marca, the Spanish giants have identified the Dutch international as a 'Plan B' option, if they fail in their pursuit of Manchester United star man, Paul Pogba.
Van de Beek played a huge part in Ajax's run to the semifinals of the Uefa Champions League last season, and was particularly good in the club's surprise win over Real at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
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The 22-year-old scored 17 goals and assisted a further 13 in 57 appearances across all competitions last season.
Ajax Amsterdam are set to lose several of their domestic double winning team with Hakim Ziyech and captain Matthijs de Ligt both linked with big money moves elsewhere.