Ten Hag says Ajax could cash in on star players and raise £100 million
Erik ten Hag is preparing to leave Ajax behind to join Manchester United, but he is still weighing in on their transfer plans for this summer.
He spoke to Voetbal International and cited big interest he is already aware of in Ajax’s star players.
Ten Hag commented to say that whatever lies ahead, Ajax will be better placed, because their title winners will generate huge funds.
Ajax could cash in
In a candid interview, Ten Hag named some of the players he expects could leave the Dutch club if Ajax cash in, including reported Manchester United transfer target Jurrien Timber (The Mirror).
Ten Hag explained: “If they cannot be kept, they will generate a lot of money for Ajax. There is an enormous amount of interest in players such as Ryan Gravenberch, Jurriën Timber, Antony and Sébastien Haller. Once again we have sculpted a team that is not only sporty, but also economically top. There is real capital on the field.
“I think there will be three more big transfers this summer. That is indeed a loss in sporting terms, but then you as a club have received a hundred million euros, or perhaps more.”
“This makes it positive for Ajax in any case, he believes: either there is an excellent sporting foundation, or the transfer fund is being expanded considerably.
“The best scenario would be two big transfers, keep the rest, buy some and youth move on.”
Ten Hag could be the buyer
The scenario Ten Hag skirted around without addressing, is that he and Manchester United could be the buyer for Ajax’s stars.
The Mirror have linked centre-back Timber and winger Antony with big moves to Old Trafford, although there is competition for both players.
Ran Gravenberch is most likely to move on, with Bayern Munich expected to sign him. Antony will probably follow, whether that is to United or elsewhere.
This could mean, if Sebastien Haller is keen to leave too, that Ajax dig in and keep Timber for another year, having already made three big sales.
United then need to act quickly, rather than leave it too late, which is why Ten Hag has seemingly wasted no time at all holding a ‘transfer summit’, with John Murtough, The Telegraph report.
Ten Hag was quoted by The Mirror last week stating there is no stipulation in his exit to Manchester United which prevents him targeting Ajax’s players.
Clearly he knows the Dutch club’s transfer policy, has the inside track on their players’ situations, and knows how to get the best out of them. It would not be a surprise to see him make a move even before the end of this month.