The profound remodeling of the Ajax squad continues after the departure of Erik ten Hag to the Manchester United bench. This time the ‘ajacied’ club is not in the news because of a new transfer but because of the announcement of the signing of promising left-back Owen Wijndal, 22, for whom he pays ten million euros to AZ Alkmaar. The player signs until 2027.
Surveyed months ago by Juventus, Wijndal has been international for the Netherlands in all lower categories and has already made his debut with the senior team. It was in October 2020 in a friendly against Mexico. In total he has eleven games as an ‘oranje’ international and everything indicates that he will be summoned by Louis van Gaal for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Balance between purchases and sales
Emerged from the AZ Alkmaar youth academy, Wijndal made his first-team debut at the age of 17 in February 2017 and with his signing, Ajax has invested 41.25 million euros in transfers after previously signing Steven Bergwijn, from Tottenham, for 31 .25 million euros, a record figure in its entire history for the signing of a player.
However, this investment is balanced by the 50 million euros received from the transfers of Sébastien Haller to Borussia Dortmund for 31 million, Ryan Gravenberch to Bayern Munich for 18.50 and Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Kotarski to NHK Gorica for one. They have also left Ajax, after finishing their contracts, André Onana (Inter, Noussair Mazraoui (Bayern Munich), Danilo Pereira (Feyenoord), the Polish goalkeeper Prezeyslaw Tyton (Twente) and Zakaria Labyad (without team).