Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has criticised Daniel Levy for pricing his side out of a move for Steven Bergwijn – but is indicating a future move may still be on the cards.
Bergwijn’s career in north London has been a stop-start affair. He made a dazzling debut in a win over Manchester City before injuries struck to hinder his progress.
However, the former PSV man made a stunning impact from the bench in the recent win at Leicester, scoring twice in stoppage-time to seal a remarkable 3-2 triumph.
That led to Antonio Conte revealing his admiration for the player, who he had no intention of allowing to leave.
That said, Ajax did persist with their interest in Bergwijn, reaching out to Spurs to find out what fee they would seek for him.
And, having told the Dutch giants that Bergwijn would cost a fee of £20.8m (€25m), Ajax were priced out of a deal.
Now Overmars has come clean on their interest – and has called out Levy for his valuation of the winger.
“It is no secret that we have been busy getting Steven Bergwijn to Ajax, for now and for the future,” Overmars told Ajax’s official website.
“However, you also have to remain realistic. Every club has had two tough years. We as management found it in this uncertain time to properly deploy the entire financial package.”
Overmars concerns over Bergwijn fee
Overmars suggests prices in the Premier League are having a major impact on the game.
But, citing the example of Sebastien Haller, he insists there are bargains to be found if clubs are prepared to be realistic.
Bergwijn loss wouldn't be terrible for Spurs
The Dutchman has been in good form recently, but overall wouldn't be a huge miss for Spurs.
“Normally you push on. We have no problems investing in football. Like last year with Sebastien Haller, it was fine,” he added.
“You want to complete that as soon as possible, but now the time is uncertain. It is financially all getting crazier. You expect a bit of a realistic look at things, but you can see that it is not getting any less in terms of contracts.”
Overmars then suggested that Bergwijn remains on Ajax’s agenda ‘for the future’ and that a new approach in the summer may be on the cards.
Dejan Kulusevski reveals Premier League player he idolises
Spurs new boy Dejan Kulusevski, meanwhile, admits he tries to model his game on Kevin De Bruyne.
He told Sky Italia,as quoted by The Sun: “I study Kevin De Bruyne a lot because he is a phenomenal player and because I want to become like him.
“It depends on the team, on the game. For how we play in Parma, the coach has found the perfect position for me — as a winger.
“When I was in the Primavera of Atalanta, on the other hand, I played more in the centre. That’s because the action had to start from behind.
“My perfect role? Behind the strikers. When I play, I don’t think about goals or assists.
“With the ball, I think always attacking, to the fact that the defenders have to know who they are dealing with. Having said that, I need to improve in shooting more often and also in scoring more.”