Bert Sanders mentioned on the Pantelic Podcast that Ajax are interested in signing Martin Braithwaite during the summer transfer window.
After previously working with the Barcelona misfit at Camp Nou, new head coach Alfred Schreuder proposed his name.
Martin Braithwaite joined Barcelona from Leganes as an emergency signing outside of the transfer window owing to La Liga’s strange transfer restrictions.
And the 31-year-old has shown to be a valuable backup option for all of his managers so far, contributing goals on a regular basis while never grumbling about his status as a replacement.
Despite a promising start to the season, the Danish international had a dismal 2021/22 season.
While Ronald Koeman attempted to use him, he was hampered for the most part by a long-term ailment before becoming an afterthought for Xavi Hernandez.
As a consequence, Braithwaite only appeared four times for Barcelona, logging 236 minutes of playing time and scoring twice.
The veteran striker is no longer needed by Barcelona, with Xavi Hernandez not considering him in his plans for the 2022/23 season.
The Catalan giants have left Braithwaite in Barcelona before going on their pre-season tour of the United States, making it very plain that he is on the move.
According to recent rumours, Barcelona will only want €8 million to release Braithwaite this summer. And the Dane has no shortage of suitors, with Eredivisie winners Ajax the most recent to express an interest in him.
Alfred Schreuder, the new head coach of Ajax, has proposed Braithwaite’s name to the Dutch club’s board. Schreuder had collaborated with Braithwaite while at Barcelona.
And, with Ajax looking for a striker this summer following the departure of Sebastien Haller, the Barcelona misfit has resurfaced as a realistic target.
Ajax’s interest will be welcome news to Barcelona, as the Blaugrana had been considering terminating Braithwaite’s contract in order to get him off their books.
But with the Dutch champions in the equation, the Catalan giants might be able to recoup something in his exchange this summer.
Bergwijn reacts after making his first Ajax appearance
Steven Bergwijn said on Instagram that he is “proud” and “glad” to have gotten his first minutes in Ajax colours after leaving Tottenham.
The Dutch champions finally found their man this summer as Spurs approved a £26.4 million agreement for the 24-year-old winger, as per Sky Sports.
And when Bergwijn made his unofficial debut for Ajax during their pre-season draw against KAS Eupen, he posted the following message on social media:
“Proud and happy to finally make my first minutes for @afcajax. Good to get some game time and on to the next one”
This does seem like a transfer that is a win-win for all parties, as it will be interesting to see how Bergwijn also fairs in the Champions League next season!