Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Matthijs de Ligt has been quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying that he will only leave Ajax for the right team, not for the money - and Spurs fans have reacted by claiming he is Daniel Levy's dream.
Football London claim Spurs are interested in luring the 18-year-old star to north London, though it will take a huge fee of £50million to convince Ajax to sell their up-and-coming star. He apparently earns just £15,000 a week.
But the Mirror's report claims Manchester City, Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are all interested in de Ligt, with all four clubs likely to offer the Holland international a bigger wage than Spurs can afford.
Harry Kane remains as Spurs' highest earner, but the Daily Mail claim that the 24-year-old is on £110,000 a week - way down the list in 35th place in terms of wages, behind nine Manchester City players.
De Ligt said: "I am going to make a decision with my head, not based on money offers. I think some players would be tempted when they get massive offers. But compared to ordinary people I think I earn a huge wage right now, anyway."
So Spurs may struggle to convince de Ligt to overlook their rivals in the race to land the defender, but his recent comments will come as a huge boost to Tottenham's chances of landing the defender. Fans have reacted in mixed fashion.
Some are desperate for chairman Levy to complete a deal sooner rather than later, while others believe he is off to Manchester City despite his comments. One fan described him as "Poch's replacement for Toby [Alderweireld]".
All well and good until Levy offers him 12k a week.— KIERAN SPURSLIFE (@gloryglorythfc1) April 15, 2018
He’s coming to Spurs then— Spurs Galaxy (@GalaxySpurs) April 15, 2018
Music to Daniels ears— JaiP (@JaiP72) April 15, 2018
Watched Ajax few times recently, this guy could become Poch's replacement for Toby?— Alf Love (@alf_love47) April 16, 2018
welcome to Spurs— dave harris (@daveyh84) April 15, 2018
So hes off to Man City then!— Disco Volante (@victorfleming16) April 15, 2018
So come on Levy sign this player.. He would be great for us.— j.thor_spursfan (@thorsveinsson) April 15, 2018