The excellent IM SCOUTING in their latest ‘Special Report’ has suggested that the current financial crisis hitting Ajax could see Premier Clubs taking advantage of a possible winter sale.
Ajax – Possibly the biggest name in Dutch football and one of the best known institutions in the European game. But, it could prove to be a long, hard winter for the Amsterdam club.
They have won the Champions League on four occasions and the Dutch League an almighty 29 times. Yet, financial problems indicate that they may be forced to cash in on some of their best players during the winter transfer window.
Over the summer, Ajax financial director Jeroen Slop candidly revealed that 35 million euros wasted by former coach Marco van Basten, combined with last year’s failure to qualify for the Champions League group stage had put the club in the red.
This season, Ajax qualified for the group stage, but face a struggle to qualify from a group also containing AC Milan and Real Madrid. Failure to do so could tighten the monetary screws again and mean that some of Ajax’s top stars could be up for grabs. Last week, the Dutch press reported that Luis Suarez might be the first to leave should the Champions League campaign come to an abrupt end.
Ajax are likely to hang onto young stars such as Christian Eriksen and Nicolas Lodeiro , two of the World Cup’s youngest players, representing Denmark and Uruguay respectively. Yet, they have plenty of seasoned players who would also help to fill the Ajax coffers and have already attracted significant attention.