Tottenham Hotspur have identified Dutch midfielder Frenkie De Jong as a long-term transfer target. The Ajax midfielder, who is also a target for Barcelona, is considered a perfect replacement for Mousa Dembele in the middle of the park.
Mundo Deportivo reported this week that Tottenham had offered Ajax £45 million to sign the player in January. That deal has been rejected, with the Dutch side unlikely to sell a key player mid-season.
£45 million is certainly a massive amount for the player. However, Tottenham will hope he can be as big a success as other Ajax recruits Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez in North London.
However, if Tottenham’s scouts had known about him in 2015, he would have been a lot cheaper.
That summer he left Willem II for Ajax. As reported by Brabants Dagblad, Ajax paid their domestic rivals just €1 for the player.
The fee was considered a mere token, rather than an assessment of his talent. Willem II negotiated a return to the club on loan and a 10 per cent sell-on clause which, they will hope can eventually pay them back for his development.
But Daniel Levy and Tottenham will no doubt wish he was now being valued at a lot less than his current asking price.