Ajax on Friday set a new transfer record for the signing of Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee worth $31.9 million in a five-year deal.
Bergwijn, capped 22 times by the Netherlands, came through the youth ranks at Ajax but is yet to don the first-team jersey.
Bergwijn signed for Tottenham in 2020, scoring seven goals in 60 appearances for the London club, without properly nailing down a starting berth.
The 24-year-old made it clear in May that he wanted to leave Spurs for a club that would allow him more game time in his bid to make the Netherlands squad for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Bergwijn’s transfer fee smashed the previous highest in Dutch football, the 22 million euros Ajax paid West Ham for Ivory Coast striker Sebastien Haller in 2021.
Haller himself left Ajax on Wednesday to sign for Borussia Dortmund for a transfer fee of $31.5 million, an amount that could rise to $34.5 million.