Dubbed ‘the new Robben’ after his massively successful and illustrious countryman, Richairo Zivkovic has attracted the interest of major European scouts since breaking into the FC Groningen first-team last season.
This term a scramble for the talented attacker’s signature has happened, with Ajax winning the race to sign the star for a mere €1.9 million.
The 17-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the current Eredivisie champions, despite major interest from overseas.
However, with such an affordable fee and Zivkovic showing so much promise, have the Premier League clubs made a mistake by allowing him to go to Ajax?
Although clearly talented and a real prospect, Zivkovic has only started six Eredivisie games this season for Groningen and is largely used as an impact sub.
The 17-year-old has scored six goals along the way and has put in some electrifying performances.
Next season Zivkovic will look to break into the Ajax first team and increase the amount of senior football that can play – and realistically his chances of doing this are considerably higher in his homeland than in moving to England.
Another promising Dutch prospect Rodney Kongolo has left fellow Dutch side Feyenoord to join Manchester City despite only being 16 and never having played senior football.
For Kongolo, 16, he will play in the Etihad Stadium club’s youth and reserve ranks for the foreseeable future, while he could have progressed to first-team football quicker at De Kuip.
Zivkovic on the other hand has a world-renowned coaching staff at Ajax to help him progress as a player and could also play his fair share of senior football – including Champions League action if he makes an impression.
For Liverpool, City and any other English suitors, missing out on Zivkovic could mean a future transfer fee ten times more having to be shelled out down the line, but for the player, a move to Ajax at this stage in his career seems like the right choice.