By Danny Wright
Ajax have placed a hefty price tag of £21million on Davy Klaassen as Everton lead the race for his signature, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the goalscoring midfielder, 24, may be willing to leave the Euro giants in the summer transfer window despite spending his entire career at the Dutch club.
A report in the Daily Mirror says that Ronald Koeman has sanctioned a £20million bid for the 11-times Netherlands international, meaning they would only have to stump up an extra £1million to meet Ajax’s demands.
It is understood from the Mail that a number of other Premier League clubs are interested in Klaassen, who has scored 19 goals and supplied 12 assists for Ajax this season in 47 appearances across all competitions.
The Amsterdam club’s captain is likely to lead his team out in the Europa League final later this month after playing a starring role in the 4-1 win in the first leg of the semi-final clash with Lyon last week.
Everton are looking for a replacement for Ross Barkley, who could exit Goodison Park in the summer after a long-term contract dispute being made worse by Tottenham’s continued interest in the player.
The Daily Mail have also claimed that Newcastle are plotting a £20million bid for midfielder James McCarthy.
Football Insider Verdict
With claims that Everton are already willing to splash £20million on Klaassen, an extra £1million is nothing in terms of the money that a top-end Premier League team can come up with. Koeman should be looking to get this deal done as soon as possible because getting the best out of the summer transfer window means getting deals done as soon as possible. That way Klaassen can join up with his teammates before the pre-season kicks off and get used to life on Merseyside. Wayne Rooney is also linked with a move back to Goodison, but if the Toffees had anything about them, they would definitely make a move for Klaassen instead.