The agent of Inter Milan wing-back Denzel Dumfries has expressed a concern that “it will be difficult to sell” the Netherlands international because of how he has been doing at the World Cup.
Dumfries has been ever-present so far for the Netherlands at the World Cup. He started all of their group matches before shining in their win over the USA in the round of 16 with two assists and a goal.
The right-back, described as “breathless” in that game by BBC pundit Micah Richards, is only further convincing his suitors that he could be someone good to invest in.
There have been plenty of rumours that Dumfries might end up in the Premier League if Inter decide to sacrifice him in an attempt to balance the books.
Dumfries is of interest to Manchester United as a potential replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. He would be much tougher competition for Diogo Dalot at right-back.
Alternatively, Chelsea have been keeping tabs on him as someone who could compete with Reece James. In addition, there is an interest from Tottenham, where Antonio Conte is not satisfied with any of Emerson Royal, Matt Doherty and Djed Spence.
Clearly, there are a lot of escape routes for Dumfries to go down if he has to leave Inter before his contract expires in 2025.
However, his agent is now worried that he may be making himself too expensive by performing well on the world stage.
Rafaela Pimenta told Gianluca Di Marzio: “They are all already known players, but everyone watches the World Cup. The values change.
“Dumfries? I hope that his value has not gone up too much or it will be difficult to sell him.”
Denzel Dumfries value is on the up
Fabrizio Romano recently confirmed it was misguided to think Dumfries would be available for less than €30million (£25.8million).
Indeed, the Italian transfer expert said Inter will only be listening to a “really huge bid”. Reports elsewhere have indicated Dumfries might be worth up to €60million (£51.7million).
It remains to be seen if any of his Premier League admirers might bid that high. Man Utd are not against spending big on a defender, as they did when they originally brought in Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace.
Chelsea have also shown a tendency to allocate significant funds to defensive deals. On the opposite side to Dumfries, they paid good money to sign Marc Cucurella in the summer.
Tottenham might have the hardest time winning the race for Dumfries. While he isn’t necessarily out of reach, a €60million investment would match their record transfer, for Tanguy Ndombele back in 2019.
Whoever pays up will have to be sure that Dumfries will be worth it. His form at club level this season hasn’t been quite as encouraging, with two goals and three assists from 20 appearances.
In contrast, his debut season with Inter last time out returned five goals and seven assists from 45 appearances.
Still, there are plenty of positive signs from the former PSV star, especially in an Oranje shirt.
Therefore, it is quite likely he will be the topic of a big-money move in 2023. All that remains to be seen is who will be buying him.