Ajax’s team from the 2018/19 season will be forever remembered by those lucky enough to watch the Dutch side strut their stuff.
Erik ten Hag’s team took Europe by storm, progressing to the Champions League semi-final by playing exciting, free-flowing football.
They memorably beat Real Madrid 4-1 at the Bernabeu and also saw off Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus side 2-1 in Turin.
Had it not been for Lucas Moura’s superhuman 45 minutes in Amsterdam, Ajax would have had the chance to win the Champions League for the first time since 1995.
If only, but the memories of that team will live on forever. Sadly, that squad looks as if it will be completely torn apart once the upcoming summer transfer window has been concluded.
- ‘Ziyech may struggle at Chelsea because the PL is so different to the Eredivisie’
- Video of ‘Hakim Ziyech The Modern Playmaker’ proves he’s a superstar
- One of Ajax’s U15 players is twice the size of his opponents
Andre Onana, Donny van de Beek, David Neres and Nicolas Tagliafico are all ‘likely’ to depart the Eredivisie champions.
Daley Blind, Joel Veltman, Sergino Dest and Noussair Mazraoui could all ‘potentially’ follow suit, which would decimate Ajax’s squad.
Dusan Tadic would literally be the one remaining survivor from the glory days of 2018/19, sad times.
The only small positive for Ajax and their horde of supporters worldwide would be the financial gain from selling so many talented players.
Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong’s exits last summer earned the Dutch giants close to £150m, while Chelsea will hand Ajax around £38m for Ziyech.
The ages of Dest (19), Neres (22), Van de Beek (22), Mazraoui (22) and Onana (23) mean Ajax will likely be able to command more significant transfer fees from potential suitors.
Europe’s elite will surely be circling around the Amsterdam ArenA this summer.
Van de Beek and Onana in particular will spark enormous bidding wars.