Europe’s elite to go shopping for Ajax stars as they line up in the Champions League semi-final against Tottenham
- Ajax’s young stars will be on display when they play Tottenham on Tuesday
- The success of the team in the Champions League has attracted attention
- Matthijs de Ligt, David Neres, and Donny van de Beek are all in the spotlight
Ajax’s young stars will be in the shop window during Tuesday’s Champions League showdown against Tottenham.
The Dutch club’s players have built glowing reputations during their brilliant run to the semi-finals.
And Ajax’s surprise success has sparked interest in their talented youngsters from the continent’s top teams.
Ajax’s young stars like David Neres will be on display for the top European clubs on Tuesday
Matthijs de Ligt and the rest of Ajax have impressed during their Champions League campaign
Sportsmail understands officials at the Amsterdam club, including technical director Marc Overmars, have intimated to rivals that they will consider offers for their best players at the end of the season.
Premier League clubs have been made aware of Ajax’s stance ahead of the market opening and Tottenham will be keeping a close eye on Hakim Ziyech on Tuesday ahead of a possible £40million summer transfer.
Star midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 21, has already agreed to join Barcelona at the end of the season in a £65m deal.
Matthijs de Ligt, 19, David Neres, 22, Donny van de Beek, 22, and Ziyech, 26, are all in the spotlight.
Donny van de Beek is another player who will have the spotlight on him against Tottenham
Morocco international Ziyech has scored 18 goals this season, including an excellent strike at Real Madrid. Spurs have scouted the winger for 18 months and have a proven record of recruiting players from Ajax — signing Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Davinson Sanchez.
The clubs retain a strong relationship and last summer Spurs came within a whisker of persuading De Jong to head to north London.
Tottenham have kept tabs on Hakim Ziyech and have a track record of recruiting players from Ajax, like Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen
Meanwhile, Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has hit back at Tottenham’s complaints after the Dutch league postponed last weekend’s Eredivisie fixtures to maximise Ajax’s preparation time for Tuesday’s fixture.
Mauricio Pochettino described the situation as unfair but Ten Hag said: ‘We play in the Eredivisie and we have €10million that we get from TV and Tottenham get much more. Is that unfair for us?
‘Those are the circumstances. You just have to deal with them. That’s what we do.’