European clubs can forget Ajax ‘bargains’, says Van der Sar

May 9, 2020
By: Daniel Orme

Ajax Chief Executive Edwin Van der Sar has warned clubs throughout Europe that they will not be getting any ‘discounts’ from Ajax in the transfer window.

The Dutch club have developed a reputation over the past few years of developing some of the most promising footballers in Europe and selling them on for huge fees. Most recently, Matthijs de Ligt, Frankie De Jong and Hakim Ziyech all earned moves to Juventus, Barcelona and Chelsea respectively.

There remains considerable interest in Ajax’s key players, especially Donny van de Beek, but despite uncertainty surrounding the state of the transfer market, Van der Sar confirms that any player will not be able to be picked up at a cut-price fee.

He said: “Last year, we made verbal agreements with [Andre] Onana, [Nicolas] Tagliafico and Van de Beek to stay another season, and then we look to help each other and find the next step in their careers. Nothing has changed.

“There won’t be a 50 per cent discount. The clubs can forget about that.”

Due to the impact of coronavirus throughout Europe, organisers of the Dutch top flight have elected to cancel the remaining Eredivisie season, so despite sitting top Ajax will not have the opportunity to lift the title.

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