The agent of Dutch midfielder Teun Koopmeiners has warned interested parties that the AZ Alkmaar player will not come cheap this summer.
Everton have recently been linked with a move for the player. As reported by The Sun, Everton are keen on the AZ captain who, despite being a defensive midfielder or centre-back, has scored 16 goals for the club this season.
A bargain fee of £12 million was mentioned, with Everton director of football Marcel Brands seemingly keen on bringing his countryman to Goodison Park.
However, Michael Janssen has suggested to the press in Italy that any deal for Koopmeiners will not come cheap.
The Dutch under-21 international has also been linked with the likes of AC Milan, Inter Milan and Napoli in recent weeks.
Speaking to Radio Marte, as reported by Sempre Inter, he made it clear his client was not available on the cheap.
“For months in Italy Koopmeiners has been linked with various clubs, not only Napoli but also Inter. At the moment, however, there is absolutely nothing. Signing one of the best Dutch players is not a low-cost operation.”
Everton are being linked with a host of different names at the moment but a deal for Koopmeiners would undoubtedly be a big boost for the club.
Capable of playing both at centre-back and in centre-midfield, he would provide excellent cover whilst his set-piece record would also make him a threat in the opposing box.
He is even knocking on the door of former Everton boss Ronald Koeman’s impressive Netherlands national team, who admitted to Voetbal International in March that the AZ star had ‘caught his eye’.
Which is no surprise, given he is a defensive player with an eye for goal.
But it would seem that talk of a £12 million steal is somewhat premature, with AZ clearly set to dig their heels in and get a fair price for their marquee player.