In Focus: Tottenham’s relationship with Ajax could help in race to sign Neres

According to reports on Italian media outlet Calciomercato, Tottenham Hotspur are part of a five-horse race keen on signing €25m-rated (approximately £22.2m) Ajax forward David Neres, who has scored nine goals in 23 games this season.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Calciomercato says the talented 20-year-old is attracting the interest of a number of big clubs across Europe following some impressive performances for the Dutch giants, with Spurs listed among the five sides that are keen on the Brazilian.

However, Calciomercato says that the north London outfit’s Premier League rivals – Manchester United and Arsenal – and Italian clubs Juventus and AC Milan also want the attacker, who only joined Ajax from Sao Paulo last January.

The report adds that the Eredivisie club have no interest in selling Neves next month with a potential exit happening next summer at the earliest, as he is already valued at €25m (approximately £22.2m).

How good has Neres been this season?

He has been excellent.

The 20-year-old has scored nine goals and provided a further 12 assists in 22 appearances in all competitions, averaging a goal every 149 minutes in the Eredivisie.

All of the Brazilian’s outings have come from the right wing, where he continues to make a big impression.

According to WhoScored.com, Neres has shown his ability on the ball by successfully completing 46 of the 80 dribbles he has attempted in 16 Dutch top flight outings this term, while he has made 38 key passes.

Would he be a good signing for Tottenham?

He certainly looks as though he would be, yes.

The 20-year-old has plenty of potential and even though he is still relatively young, he is already making a big impact for Ajax in terms of goals and assists.

Spurs certainly lack depth in wide areas with another youngster in Georges-Kevin Nkoudou struggling to impress following a move from Marseille in 2016.

Will they get him?

With Ajax seemingly unwilling to sell the Brazilian next month, there could be a big battle for Neres’ signature next summer if he continues in his current form throughout the rest of the campaign.

Spurs may hold an advantage over some other clubs as they have dealt directly with Ajax plenty of times in recent years having signed the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Davinson Sanchez from the Dutch giants, but he could be valued at much more than €25m by then.