Arriving from PSV Eindhoven for close to £12m when Brighton & Hove Albion got promoted to the Premier League, Davy Pröpper has been one of the better performers for the club ever since.
In fact, his displays in England’s top-tier earned him some links with last year’s Champions League semi-finalists, Ajax Amsterdam, but ended up staying at the Amex Stadium.
He spoke about the possibility of leaving earlier this month, explaining that ‘if something nice’ landed on his table, he would think about it, but added anything of the sort would have to wait ‘until next year or a year later’.
That’s some reassurance for Brighton fans, who won’t want one of their key elements leaving in the January transfer window, but it’s worth pointing out Ajax could still be interested despite not making a move for Pröpper in the summer.
According to De Telegraaf’s chief football writer Valentijn Driessen, who was part of talk show VoetbalPraat on Fox Sports in Holland, the Eredivisie side were very much interested in the midfielder.
He said, relayed by Voetbal Primeur: “[Pröpper] has been considered, his name has been mentioned, but I don’t know why they did not continue”.
The debate then went onto discussing whether or not Ajax could afford Pröpper considering he was a star in Premier League club.
The example that went around was that of Daley Blind, for whom the Dutch club paid Manchester United around €20m, suggesting the funds were there, but any future transfer would depend on Brighton.
After all, if they don’t want to sell him, the price tag could go up and up, which could end up being an issue for the Eredivisie side.
This doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, and with indications Pröpper could still be a target for Ajax down the line, it’s one to keep an eye on.