Speaking on a Sky Sports report highlighting Eredivisie stars, van der Kraan said: “Instead, they (Ajax) want to sign young Dutch players and in their eyes, Bergwijn is the ideal player to join their side and improve it.
“Bergwijn is up for it – he has been there in their youth academy and is still friends with a number of their players. I think the chances of Bergwijn joining Ajax is higher than him moving to the Premier League.”
Sky Sports claimed at the end of May that Spurs were leading the race to sign the 21-year-old, who is reportedly available for £35million.
The recent suggestion from van der Kraan will surely see Ajax take over in the hunt for Bergwijn, who recently impressed on international duty with Holland.
With Marcel van der Kraan in the know regarding Dutch football, his opinion will definitely matter in the eyes of Spurs’ fans. At only 21-years-old and already an international ace for Holland, all involved at Tottenham would have welcomed him with open arms in the summer. With only a reported £35million fee needed to tempt PSV Eindhoven’s hand, Bergwijn could join for a bargain in the current market after a great season in the Eredivisie. The winger managed to score an impressive 15 goals and add a further 13 assists in his 41 appearances under Mark Van Bommel. Instead of Spurs, Bergwijn seems destined to join Dutch giants Ajax, with van der Kraan revealing that he is up for it and ready to make the jump to the Dutch champions. Bergwijn will see that Ajax give young stars the chance to put themselves in the shop window, especially this season with Frenkie De Jong already joining Barcelona, with Matthijs De Light being in a tug-of-war between the World’s biggest clubs. If Bergwijn does join Ajax and perform well, a move to the Premier League will still be on the cards later in his career, the only downfall for Spurs will be that if that moment arrives, Bergwijn will cost much more than the £35million needed to secure his signature this time around.