Luis Suarez’s £75million move did not ensure his former club Ajax as much of the spoils as they could have been enjoying this weekend, according to reports.
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claims the Eredivisie side received just €2million in a sell-on clause, while his other former club FC Groningen netted €500,000 from the striker’s big-money move.
It is being claimed that Ajax have only themselves to blame for not receiving substantially more from the Liverpool striker’s summer switch, after then-sporting director Rik van den Boog failed to negotiate a 10% sell-on fee that would have seen them pocket £7.5million (€9.4million).
De Telegraaf talks of a “management crisis” surrounding the Dutch club at the time of Suarez’s departure, which allegedly led to Ajax missing out on an additional €7.4million.
In light of that news, Liverpool may be thankful that they did not miss out on additional funds that would have had to be dispersed to Suarez’s former clubs.
But at the same time, Ajax’s current sporting director Marc Overmars is unlikely to make the same alleged mistake as his predecessor in the future.