At the time, the Saints looked like they’d be dropping down to the Championship and that was giving Ajax some hope of being able to sign the Serbian.
Even then we explained it was unlikely, with the Dutch club surely unable to both pay the transfer fee Southampton would want and also part with the wages Tadic would be asking for.
But De Telegraaf didn’t give up and have reported on it a few times since then. The transfer plan has been described as being ‘realistic’ and there’s a genuine hope Ajax could pull it off.
Saturday’s edition of the Dutch newspaper says Tadic isn’t against the idea of moving to Ajax because it would give him the chance to win trophies and play in the Champions League.
Tadic is ‘at the top of the wish list’ and a transfer is stated as being ‘financially feasible’. However, it’s also explained ‘much will depend on the interest of larger clubs’.
At no point has a potential transfer fee been speculated by De Telegraaf, and that could be what finally kills the dream.
Southampton have the player on a contract until 2020, and, unless Ajax are planning a complete change in their outlook, paying over €20/25m for a 29 year old just seems unlikely.