Tottenham are reportedly yet to reach an agreement with Ajax over a Steven Bergwijn sale because of Daniel Levy’s differing views to Fabio Paratici.
Bergwijn has enjoyed some standout moments at Spurs, but now looks as if he will return to his native Holland. Following only two-and-a-half years in north London, the former PSV Eindhoven man is eyeing a move to Ajax.
Talks between the two clubs have been ongoing for a number of weeks.
Reports on Monday subsequently claimed that both sides were close to bringing the transfer discussions to a conclusion.
Ajax have reportedly agreed to pay Tottenham €30million (£26million) for Bergwijn, in a deal largely led on Spurs’ side by director of football Paratici.
But while the two sides have a broad ‘agreement’, De Telegraaf‘s latest update is that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has stepped in to try and get a better deal.
Indeed, the report claims that chairman Levy, renowned for his shrewd business head, is looking at the ‘secondary conditions’ of the Bergwijn deal Paratici has agreed with Ajax.
Levy wants better terms on that side of the transfer, typically relating to bonuses, add-ons and sell-on clauses.
It is now up to Levy to speak to Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar to try and get the final details of the Bergwijn transfer sorted.
Bergwijn impressed straight away at Tottenham under Jose Mourinho. He scored on his debut to help Spurs beat Manchester City in the Premier League.
Since then, though, he has struggled to nail down a consistent first-team role.
And with current boss Antonio Conte adding Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison to his attack, Bergwijn would struggle even more for regular minutes if he stayed.
Steven Bergwijn needs career resurgence
Bergwijn has shown flashes of his talent throughout his relatively short Tottenham career.
But it looks as though his time in north London is close to coming to an end.
He will be able to find relative comfort by heading back to the Netherlands. And a move to Ajax would see him try to make an impact in the Ajax’s post-Erik ten Hag era.
Bergwijn is only 24 and so still has the best years ahead of him to rediscover his best form.