The Lowdown: Bergwijn’s Ajax dream
The Dutchman still has three years remaining on his contract with the Premier League giants, but admitted earlier this year that he was open to leaving the Lilywhites this summer, with a return to his homeland a possibility that he’d very much like to explore.
The 24-year-old had received interest from fellow English sides Manchester United and Everton, but turned down a move to Spurs’ rivals to secure his dream switch back to the Eredivisie.
The N17 outfit rejected an opening bid from Ajax last month, but discussions have continued ever since, and following a fresh update, it now looks as though the winger is officially on his way back to the Netherlands.
The Latest: Bergwijn set for Ajax medical
Taking to Twitter, Romano revealed that Bergwijn will carry out medical tests on Wednesday ahead of completing his proposed move. He wrote:
“Steven Bergwijn will undergo medical tests on Wednesday and then sign as new Ajax player. €30m fee set to be received by Tottenham, always been the price tag required by Paratici.
“Official statement this week. Huge one for Ajax. Here we go.”
The Verdict: Bit-part player
Bergwijn, who was dubbed ‘quality’ by sports journalist Josh Bunting, played nothing more than a temporary role under the management of both Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte last season, making just four starts in 25 league appearances, via WhoScored, so it’s no surprise that he’s been looking elsewhere.
This lack of game time wasn’t helped by the January arrival of Dejan Kulusevski either, who walked straight into the Italian’s starting XI and has been a revelation in north London ever since, not to mention the new signing of Richarlison in the final third.
Bergwijn’s looming departure is the next stage in the evolution of Conte’s attacking ranks as he prepares his Spurs squad for an exciting new campaign ahead.
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