At the time, Madrid were exploring other options in the market and there wasn't enough time to seal a deal for Van de Beek.
With Christian Eriksen running down his contract which expires next summer, he looks almost certain to leave the club.
Jose Mourinho will be hoping to fill a creative hole in midfield and Van de Beek may be the perfect fit.
However, Mourinho's former employers are reportedly very keen and willing to splash the cash on the 22-year-old.
Madrid are willing to bid in the region of €55m for the Dutch midfielder's services, according to De Telegraaf.
It remains unclear whether Spurs will have much money to spend in January, and they're up against one of the richest clubs in world football.
Van de Beek was a crucial part of an Ajax team that took the continent by storm last season by reaching the Champions League semi-final.
Van de Beek was made to wait but could be in line for a January move if Real Madrid or Spurs do make their moves.
The player himself, however, is reported to be fully focussed on his football and isn't letting the gossip get in his head.
Van de Beek has scored seven goals and provided six assists in all competitions for Ajax so far this season.
Get the best features, fun and footballing frolics straight to your inbox every week.
Thank you for signing up to Four Four Two. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.