It might be depressing to think that a club with as rich a history as Ajax cannot hold on to their top players, but that seems to be the case nowadays, and with the Dutch club so impressive in the Champions League this season, it is expected that their top players will be plucked from them in the summer.
The trio likeliest to be in high demand are Christian Eriksen, Siem De Jong and Toby Alderweireld. De Jong has recently professed a desire to join his brother Luuk in the Bundesliga, but also said he is no rush to leave. Of the three, the 23 year old who netted three times against Manchester City in the Champions League group stages is perhaps the one that Ajax might be able to keep hold of for the moment.
Eriksen and Alderweireld look almost certain to leave, with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur the two clubs most strongly linked to the players. Alderweireld, as a Belgian defender with plenty of skill on the ball, has understandably drawn comparisons with Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Vermaelen, who have become firm favourites in North East London since their moves to England. Vertonghen also played with Alderweireld at Ajax, which could give Spurs an advantage if both clubs were go in for him at the end of the season.
Eriksen is the real jewel in the crown though, and has been on the radar of the very top clubs in Europe for some time. Spurs have been reported as very interested in the 20 year old in the past, but might worry that he is now likelier to end up at a dgiant like Barcelona than White Hart Lane.
Any of these three players could improve the squad of most sides in Europe, and it is a shame that they cannot remain at Ajax as the Dutch club brings through new talent to play with them. The idea of Victor Fischer playing alongside Eriksen for a few seasons is a mouth watering prospect, but looks unlikely to happen. Hopefully they can continue to develop wherever they move this summer, and Arsenal and Tottenham fans should be taking a close look at the trio in the second half of the season, as one or two of them could be in North East London come August.
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