Jan Vertonghen will most likely not return to Amsterdam. Ajax has investigated the possibilities of picking up the 32-year-old defender of Tottenham Hotspur in England, but due to his name it seems that a line can be used for financial reasons.
That reports The Telegraph. Both The Telegraph as The last news reported that Ajax wanted to get Vertonghen back. The Telegraph writes late on Thursday evening that a line has indeed been thrown out, but that it was soon concluded that it is not feasible. That has to do with money.
Vertonghen’s case manager Tom de Mul (another former Ajax player) told Marc Overmars that his client is ‘in principle’ open to a return to Amsterdam. However, the transfer fee and salary prove to be a stumbling block, writes The Telegraph.
Vertonghen earns around ‘four to five million’ a year at Tottenham. “That amount – or even a large part of it – is too much for Ajax,” the newspaper assures. Ajax pays about 4.5 million euros to Hakim Ziyech every year, but does not want to (or cannot) spend that amount on Vertonghen. In addition, the question is whether Tottenham Vertonghen wants to sell and, if so, the club wants the return fee that was paid for it in 2012: around twelve million euros.
Ajax looks further, waits for Vertonghen to add water to the wine or gives Perr Schuurs confidence in the second half of the season, the newspaper concludes.
Salary and transfer fee stand in the way of Jan Vertonghen’s return to Ajax. https://t.co/rsW8g19gCf