Ajax and Tottenham ‘reached a verbal agreement’ on Sunday for Steven Bergwijn, according to De Telegraaf.
The Eredivisie winners will pay a club record fee of €30m to Spurs. They are now ‘waiting for the confirmation email’ from Spurs and ‘want to approve Bergwijn today’.
Ajax chiefs Gerry Hamstra and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar were not able to initially convince the north London club. They were hoping to conclude the deal for €25m, including bonuses.
However, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was adamant his club received the €31m invested on the player in 2020. With Ajax set to pay €30m, the Spurs chief will almost get that now.
Levy was firm because of the Netherlands international’s fine displays for his national team last month. In addition to this, two other clubs, Everton and Manchester United, also showed interest.
The player, for his part, was determined to move to Ajax, and agreed a five-year deal with them weeks ago. After three failed attempts to join the Amsterdam club in the past, Bergwijn will now be able to join Ajax this summer.