Donny Van de Beek free to leave Ajax

Kweku Lawrence
By Kweku Lawrence
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Donny Van de Beek will be allowed to leave to Ajax in the summer transfer window for a valuable fee, chief executive Edwin van der Sar has confirmed.

The player has been linked with moves to Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in the last windows and others have suggested he already has a verbal agreement with Real Madrid to join them in the summer.

However, Van der Sar, who was once in post for United has claimed the player is free to move on if he wants to, adding that it would only take a suitable fee to push the Netherlands champions to sell.

“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,” said Van der Sar.

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

Spurs and United have been put on alert by this information as they look to bolster their midfield options for next season.

Ajax have amassed more profits than expected in the last two transfer windows, making £140 million from the sales of Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt to Barcelona and Juventus respectively.

The former United shot-stopper believes despite the ongoing coronavirus virus, the club can still command valuable fees for their players.

“In January last year, people said we were going to lose seven or eight players but we lost only two key members,” Van der Sar added.

“The big clubs such as Bayern Munich have said the benchmark fee will go down in the next few transfer windows. But it’s easier for them to say because they are the buyers.

“Of course, the 150m-200m euros transfers are gone. But I think there is still a lot of value for players who come from Ajax.

“Well educated, experienced in winning and playing European football.”

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