Vincent Janssen wants to play for Tottenham Hotspur. The AZ Alkmaar striker and top scorer in the Eredivisie last season has made his intentions clear in quotes reported in Dutch newspaper AD Sport, and he’s frustrated with his parent club for slapping a price tag on him that he believes is too high.
“Ik heb mijn keuze kenbaar gemaakt bij AZ. Tottenham Hotspur heeft in mijn ogen een hoog bod uitgebracht. Er is een bod geweest in de buurt van bijna achttien miljoen euro. Maar AZ wil niet eens om tafel.
Ik wil graag zo snel mogelijk bij een nieuwe club aan de voorbereiding op het nieuwe seizoen beginnen. Dit is een frustrerende situatie voor mij. Ik hoop dat de clubs eer alsnog snel uitkomen.
Het is niet zo dat ik het niet naar mijn zin heb bij AZ, dat niet. Ik heb hier een fijn jaar gehad. Maar de club weet ook dat ik een volgende stap in mijn ontwikkeling wil maken."
“I have informed AZ of my choice. Tottenham Hotspur bid a large amount in my opinion. There’s been an offer of at least €18m. AZ won’t come to the table.
“I want to start at a new club as soon as possible to prepare for the new season. This is a frustrating situation for me. I hope the clubs can agree soon.
“It’s not that I didn’t enjoy my time at AZ, not that. I had a great year here. But the club knows I want to take the next step in my development.
These quotes come just after it was revealed that Tottenham had a bid of €18m (£16.5) for Janssen rejected by the Dutch club. This apparently came after an earlier rejection of a €14m bid last week. AZ chairman Max Huiberts is on record saying both that he wants Janssen to stay, and that he’s holding out for a bid of at least €20m, well above Janssen’s initial valuation from earlier this summer. Both of these are probably true, but based on Janssen’s quotes, only one of them is likely to happen.
With Michy Batshuayi heading to Chelsea, Janssen appears to be one of two remaining top striker targets for Tottenham, along with Roma’s Antonio Sanabria. This is the clearest indication yet that Spurs are trying hard to make a deal for Janssen.
So there are, once again, two competing reactions to this news. The first, FFS Levy just pay the money, surmises that Tottenham are being miserly with their resources for a player that obviously wants to come. The other surmises that AZ is trying to take advantage of the situation and use their leverage to get as much money out of Spurs as possible. Both are probably true to some extent. The Guardian piece goes further and says that AZ are resistant to Spurs wanting to spread the transfer fee in installments over three years, which seems pretty bizarre considering that 95% or more of player transfers are conducted in that manner.
We see these kinds of negotiations take place every transfer window. Here’s what will probably happen: Spurs will make a slightly improved bid, probably around €19m, and possibly with a few performance-based escalators that may take the total above the €20m benchmark wanted by Huiverts. To get to that point, it’ll probably take a few more days of hand-wringing and maybe even a transfer request from Janssen. In the end, Tottenham will probably get their man unless Wolfsburg or another of the German clubs also interested in Janssen overpays with a bid and for Janssen’s wages.
In short, this is fine. Everything is fine. Nobody move.