From Yilmaz to Luuk de Jong; the Dutch clubs are raving about the transfer market

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Often a lot of players were bought or sold on the last day of the transfer window. But this year, everything seems different in the Premier League. There are still eight weeks to get the selections in order, but the Dutch clubs seem to be in a hurry.

PSV races through the transfer market led by the duo Marcel Brands/John de Jong and surprised with the arrival of Xavi Simons and Guus Til. Ajax already collected more than 30 million euros with the transfer of Sébastien Haller to Dortmund. And who would have thought that the Turkish star Burak Yilmaz would ever wear Fortuna Sittard’s shirt?

An overview of the turbulent Dutch transfer period so far.

National champion Ajax saw a few decisive players leave. Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui went to Bayern Munich and it had been known for months that André Onana would not renew his expiring contract and would move to Inter.

Haller is also leaving the club. The Frenchman, who scored eleven goals in the Champions League last season and was top scorer in the Eredivisie with 21 goals, will leave for Borussia Dortmund for 31 million euros, where he will sign for four seasons.

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Noussair Mazraoui as a Bayern Munich player

Because his rental period was over, Brian Brobbey also left. Yet there is a good chance that he will return, because the team from Amsterdam would like to take over the striker, who received his training at Ajax, from RB Leipzig.

Brobbey has already personally agreed to return to the club, which he left last year. According to De Telegraaf, an agreement is still a long way off due to a gap between the offer (15 million euros) and the asking price (25 million).

Besides Brobbey, Owen Wijndal seems to be another asset for Ajax. A contract for five seasons is ready for the 22-year-old left back of AZ.

But most people in Amsterdam will be looking forward to the arrival of Steven Bergwijn. The Orange international, also an attacker from the Ajax training, still has to be loosened at Tottenham Hotspur. The Londoners want 30 million euros for the former PSV player, who himself is interested in a return to the Netherlands.

Transfers Ajax

Incoming Outgoing
No Ryan Gravenberch (Bayern Munich, 18.5 million)
Noussair Mazraoui (Bayern Munich, free transfer)
André Onana (Inter, free of transfer)
Danilo (Feyenoord, free transfer)
Brian Brobbey (RB Leipzig, end of lease)
Sebastien Haller (Borussia Dortmund, 31 million)

Of the traditional top three, PSV has so far stirred the most. Ritsu Doan, Mario Götze and Eran Zahavi were the biggest names to leave, but some other big names came back before that.

With newly arrived names such as Luuk de Jong and Guus Til and top talents Xavi Simons and Ki-Jana Hoever, the people of Eindhoven want to start the hunt for the first national title since 2018.

In addition, attention was also paid to the keeper’s troubles at PSV, where Joël Drommel is still not the undisputed number one under the bar. Much is expected from Argentine goalie Walter Benítez, who recently signed for three seasons. Old-timer Boy Waterman (38) was also attracted.

After the transfer violence of recent times, it seems quiet in Eindhoven for the time being, but the new trainer Ruud van Nistelrooij hopes to be able to strengthen his team in a few places.

Much will depend on whether Cody Gakpo stays with the club. England’s Leeds United are said to be interested, but the Premier League club is also deeply interested in Feyenoord player Luis Sinisterra.

Transfers PSV

Incoming Outgoing
Guus Til (Spartak Moscow, 3 million) Ritsu Doan (SC Freiburg, 8.5 million)
Luuk de Jong (Seville, 3 million) Mario Gotze (Eintracht Frankfurt, 4 million)
Walter Benitez (OGC Nice, free transfer) Eran Zahavi (Maccabi Tel Aviv, free transfer)
Xavi Simons (Paris Saint Germain, free transfer) Bruma (Fenerbahce, rent)
Boy Waterman (OFI Crete, free transfer) Maxi Romero (Racing Club, rent)
Ki-Jana Hoever (Wolverhampton, rent)

In Rotterdam, after years of shortage in the club greenhouse, there is finally something to spend. Feyenoord brought in quite a few millions by reaching the Conference League final. Making it to the final battle did Feyenoord’s selection value well, resulting in Tyrell Malacia’s transfer to Manchester United.

The 15 million that Feyenoord will receive for this will probably be supplemented by the millions that will be released from a possible transfer from Sinisterra. Leeds would be willing to pay at least 25 million euros for the Colombian.

Three newbies

So far, Feyenoord has brought in three players who, at first glance, seem to complement the breadth of the selection. But thanks to the extra millions, Mats Wieffer, Danilo and Mohamed Taabouni will soon be able to welcome new fellow travelers for the annual helicopter flight to De Kuip.


Danilo is one of Feyenoord’s reinforcements

After the 7-0 loss against FC Copenhagen, trainer Arne Slot said he wanted to welcome at least six to seven new players.

One of those new faces should be Italian international Wilfried Gnonto. The 18-year-old striker is still under contract with FC Zurich, where the chairman recently announced that he expected an amount of at least 10 million.

The arrival of Gnonto would be very nice for the Rotterdammers, since they will hand in a lot of goals with the earlier departure of Cyriel Dessers, Bryan Linssen and possibly Sinisterra.

Transfers Feyenoord

Incoming Outgoing
Mats Wieffer (Excelsior, 575,000) Tyrrell Malacia (Manchester United, 15 million)
Danilo (Ajax, free transfer) Bryan Linssen (Urawa Reds, 1.3 million)
Mohamed Taabouni (AZ, free transfer) Guus Til (Spartak Moscow, end of lease)
Reiss Nelson (Arsenal, end of lease)
Cyriel Dessers (KRC Genk, end of lease)

The rest of the Eredivisie is also not standing still…

In addition to the traditional top three, there were a few more clubs that caused sensational transfers. FC Utrecht, for example, struck by attracting Nick Viergever and Bas Dost.

Dost was also in the interest of Feyenoord, but in the end he chose to play in the Domstad for a year. Nick Viergever was also tempted to move to Utrecht.

Viergever, former player of AZ, Ajax and PSV, came over from the German Greuther Fürth and has signed for two seasons.

Oussama Tannane can also be admired in the Eredivisie this season. The gifted attacker with the fine kick technique has earned his spurs in the Netherlands with Heracles and Vitesse, among others, and went to the Turkish Göztepe in the winter. NEC recently surprised by taking him over from the Turks on a free transfer.

The biggest hit in the Dutch professional league, however, came from Limburg. There Fortuna Sittard managed to seduce the Turkish star Burak Yilmaz to come to the Netherlands. The 36-year-old Yilmaz came transfer-free from the French Lille and will work for Fortuna for the next five seasons. Two years as a player, then three seasons as a trainer.