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Ajax: Duel with Europe and re-export talent

Ajax Amsterdam shocked the Champions League this season with impressive victories against Real Madrid, Juventus and Tottenham.

It was these successes that made many of the Dutch team’s stars become more expensive when they reached the sights of many old continental clubs.

2 years ago Monaco became a European football phenomenon when winning Ligue 1 and also Champions League semi-finals like Ajax now. After that memorable season, the French team collected 350 million euros of transferable players, including the sale of PSG’s Kylian Mbappe they pocketed 180 million euros.


Now Ajax is also on that path and they understand what awaits them ahead. “We know there are bigger clubs Ajax following our players. That means Ajax players are playing very well”, said CEO Edwin Van der Sar.

After success in the Champions League, what is this season? The answer is money, a lot of money will flow into Ajax funds. Not only are the lucrative bonuses of the tournament, but very many millions of euros of money transferred to players that the Dutch team will certainly collect.


19-year-old new center-back Matthijs de Ligt, the author of the winning goal to help Ajax beat Juventus in Turin, is a target for Barca, Real and PSG. Any team that buys must pay Ajax no less than 70 million euros.

Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana is also in the sights of many continental teams. But any team that  buys must make a proposal that is attractive enough for Ajax to sell. The Argentine left-back Nicolas Tagliafico has been linked with Arsenal but if he buys a player that Ajax has just signed in January 2018, the Gunners will have to pay about 25 million euros.

Center midfielder Frenkie de Jong was transferred to Barca and in exchange for 75 million euros was transferred to the Dutch team’s funds. Including bonuses according to the performance, Barca may have to pay more for Ajax 11 million euros.

The attacking midfielder Van de Beek, who defeats Juventus and Tottenham, has a current market price of about 25 million euros. The attacking trio of David Neres, Dusan Tadic and Hakim Ziyech have been recruited by Ajax in the past three years with a total transfer fee of less than 30 million euros but now they will sell big.

The fee for transferring Ziyech, whois in the sights of the UK team, is estimated at 40 million euros. Even players who are currently in reserve as Kasper Dolberg have a transfer price of more than 20 million euros.

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