Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Martin Jol has suggested that Spurs might have missed the opportunity to sign Ajax star Donny Van de Beek.
The 22-year-old midfielder was a pure star for the Dutch side who reached the semifinals of the Champions League against all of the odds, before becoming champions of the Eredivisie.
Van de Beek, along with several other Ajax players are likely to be chased by European football’s biggest names after what was an incredible season.
Nearly the entire Ajax team have seen their stock rise in the transfer market, making it harder for tight-spenders like Tottenham to snap him up.
According to former Spurs boss Martin Jol, the chance to sign Van de Beek on the cheap now appears to be gone and the fact that the player’s price is likely to be a premium means Daniel Levy and company may lose their interest.
Speaking to Football.London, Jol suggested that Tottenham’s recruitment team could have moved quicker.
“Then it comes down to expertise. For example Van de Beek in the winter you could have bought him for much less because he wasn’t always in the team.” he said
“That’s what scouts have to do, recognise the players, recognise the market. That is the only thing I can say because after it’s too late and Spurs won’t pay £50m or £60m.”