Transfer news: Ajax wonderkids set for Premier League moves with Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester United among favourites to sign them
Ajax are through to the Champions League semi-final after despatching Juventus in style.
The Dutch giants dumped Cristiano Ronaldo and co out of the competition thanks to a 3-2 aggregate scoreline, which had neutrals across Europe celebrating.
But while it represents a magnificent for both Ajax and European football, proving the game’s modern elite can be beaten when it matter, it feels like it could be this side’s last hurrah.
The collection of wonderkids and experienced aces may be broken up in just two months times as clubs across Europe get ready to raid Amsterdam.
Frenkie de Jong, the classy midfielder, has already sealed his transfer, having penned a move to Barcelona on July 1, which is no surprise given his astonishing ability which saw him, on occasion, embarrass Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric in the Round of 16 victory over Real Madrid.
But where will there other heroes be going when the transfer window opens? Oddschecker.com have provided the latest odds.
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Matthijs de Ligt
The 19-year-old captain has already been hailed by Rio Ferdinand as ‘the best young defender on the planet’ and it seem likely it will cost mega-money to sign him.
Barcelona are favourite to land him come the transfer window, with the Catalan club 8/15 to sign the defender.
Elsewhere, Bayern Munich (6/1) are second favourites to sign the starlet, followed by Juventus (12/1), Liverpool (12/1), Real Madrid (16/1) and Manchester United (20/1).
However, with punters, its Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side that is being backed to land De Ligt with 72% of all bets placed on United.
The Brazilian helped put Juve to the sword over both legs and a Premier League is one very much on the radar.
Bookies believe he is off to Liverpool or Bayern in the summer – both priced at 6/1 favourites.
Everton are a shock 8/1 inclusion on the list, ahead of Chelsea (9/1), Arsenal (10/1), Tottenham (12/1) and West Ham (16/1).
Okay, he’s not a wonderkid at 26, but some wondered why the Moroccan ace was still at Ajax when the transfer window closed, now it’s even more of a mystery.
Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are clear favourites to sign the Moroccan playmaker, priced at just 13/8 to secure his signature.
Elsewhere, Roma are second favourites at 6/1, followed by Juventus (8/1), Borussia Dortmund (10/1), PSG (12/1) and Liverpool (14/1).
Donny van de Beek
De Jong may have sealed a switch to Barcelona but van de Beek could be in with a move to the Premier League.
Arsenal (5/1) are second favourites behind PSG (4/1).
Tottenham come next in the market at 6/1, followed by Chelsea (10/1), Manchester United (12/1) and Barcelona (16/1).
Source: SportsLatest TS