Journalist says club will now smash their transfer record to sign Steven Bergwijn from Tottenham
Dutch journalist Mike Verweij has claimed that Ajax are set to break their transfer record to sign Tottenham Hotspur star Steven Bergwijn this summer.
The now 24-year-old joined Spurs back in January 2020 and announced himself to Tottenham fans in style. He scored against Manchester City on his debut, and everyone believed a star had been signed.
Sadly, things just haven’t worked out for Bergwijn in North London. The Dutchman played just 875 minutes in the entire campaign last season, and he’s now desperate to leave.
Ajax have been linked with a move for him since January, and Verweij has claimed that it will be done at the start of next month.
Ajax set to break their transfer record to sign Steven Bergwijn
Speaking to De Telegraaf, Verweij said: “That (Bergwijn to Ajax) deal may take some time, and it has to do with several factors.
“Daniel Levy is a very difficult negotiator, but also, accounting-wise, it seems interesting for Ajax to sign him after July 1st. So sell before and buy after July 1st, so you’re in two different financial years; Ajax can therefore write better figures.
“I think the fans will have to be patient for a while before Bergwijn arrives, but I am almost certain that he will come.
“Clearly, he’s the absolute best (for Ajax manager Schreuder). Ajax is going to break the record price, which was the €25 million (£21.5m) purchase of (Sebastien) Haller.”
Although things haven’t really worked out for Bergwijn at Tottenham, it must be said that he’s a fantastic footballer, and there’s every chance he’ll become a big star if he goes back to Holland.
The 24-year-old, branded as ‘brilliant’ by Danny Murphy, is quick, good on the ball, and as he has shown at Spurs over the last two years, he’s fairly clinical in front of goal as well.
A move away this summer is the best thing for all parties involved, and as much as Tottenham fans criticise Levy, the Spurs chairman deserves credit for apparently getting over £21.5 million for a player who didn’t even play a 1000 minutes of club football last season.
It will be interesting to see if Spurs will sign a replacement for Bergwijn if and when he leaves the club.