Everton have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Poland international Arkadiusz Milik after Ajax confirmed that the striker is not for sale.
New boss Ronald Koeman has been keen to add to his squad and, according to local media reports, Milik has been attracting interest from the Toffees, but the Dutch giants have released a statement insisting they have an agreement with the 22-year-old to stay in Amsterdam.
“Ajax and Arek Milik have mutually agreed that the striker, during the current transfer window does not transfer to another club,” the club said in a statement on its website.
“Trainer Peter Bosz attach great importance to keeping last season’s top scorer.
“The Polish international has an ongoing contract with Ajax until July 1, 2019, but is clearly in the interest of several foreign clubs.”
The 22-year-old was Ajax’s top-scorer last season with 24 goals as his team finished second behind PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie title race for the second year in a row.
He joined Ajax on loan from Bayer Leverkusen in May 2014, before making the move permanent the following summer for €2.8 million – he is under contract at Ajax until July 2019.
Milik represented Poland at EURO 2016, scoring once in their 1-0 opening game victory over Northern Ireland in the group stages.