Ajax set huge £62.3m asking price for Spurs target De Jong

Tottenham Hotspur will have to splash a whopping €80m (£62.3m) on Frenkie De Jong to convince Ajax into a sale, according to Mundo Deportivo.

What’s the word?

Mauricio Pochettino failed to add a single new face to his Tottenham squad in the summer transfer window but appears to be ready to rectify that error in January, as his side continue to be linked with midfield additions.

Ajax’s highly-rated Netherlands international Frenkie De Jong is reported to be in Pochettino’s sights but Spurs will have to pay an astronomical fee to bring the 21-year-old to the Premier League as Mundo Deportivo states Ajax are seeking a fee of €80m (£62.3m) for his services.

Such a fee would see Tottenham smash their club-record fee, which currently stands at the £36m fee paid for Davinson Sanchez according to TransferMarktand may not be possible to offer due to the financial implications of their imminent stadium move.

One to avoid?

Frenkie De Jong’s reputation across Europe and the fact Pochettino boasts an incredible record of getting the very best out of young talents is certainly enough to excite Spurs fans but there is a number of reasons why a swoop should be avoided.

Firstly, Tottenham simply cannot afford to splash so much on one player, particularly due to their stadium move, and would be better off breaking those numbers up into smaller deals to bolster the squad in other areas.

Secondly, a host of top-sides across Europe, including Barcelona, are also said to be monitoring the Ajax academy graduate and the Eredivisie side will be keen for a bidding war to develop in order to drive up the midfielder’s price-tag.

Finally, Spurs could get better players for that sort of price and should only part with a sum that high if it is for a player who would immediately bolster Pochettino’s starting XI.