Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of Eredivisie Golden Boot winner Vincent Janssen continues to push forward. This is despite the fact that AZ Alkmaar are finding any reason not to sell their top striker for less than their valuation, whether or not it involves an American Baseball GM who believes in the moneyball aspect of things in the world of club football. That is only going to hold up so long, because it’s now obvious to everyone what Janssen wants out of this saga.
According to French outlet L’Equipe, Janssen has snubbed a move to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, who are in need of striker depth behind expected starter Edison Cavani. PSG have already lost Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United and don’t have much in the way of experienced depth behind the Uruguayan International.
À la recherche d’un avant-centre, le PSG a ciblé Vincent Janssen (22 ans) meilleur buteur du Championnat néerlandais avec 27 buts sous les couleurs de l’AZ Alkmaar (où il est sous contrat jusqu’en 2019). Les discussions entre les deux clubs ont été fructueuses mais le joueur a informé le PSG que sa priorité allait à Tottenham, qui cherche un attaquant pour seconder Kane, Njie et Son Heug-min ayant déçu.
Plugging the article into Google Translate paints a pretty simple picture: AZ and PSG came to terms on an undisclosed transfer fee, but Janssen didn’t even bother to meet with PSG officials to discuss terms because he does not wish to move to France. The article goes on to say beyond that excerpt above that Spurs have upped their offer to somewhere around €18m (£15.1m) and are hoping that it’s good enough to get Janssen to North London.
We’ve covered just about every step of this transfer saga, and it does appear that Spurs have no interest in backing down from AZ. The Dutch club have been poached in the last few years of striker talent, including American strikers Jozy Altidore and Aron Johannsson and Serbian Nemanja Gudelj. It makes sense for AZ to hold out for as much money as possible, even if Janssen continues to go to the press in an attempt to force a move.
It’s obvious that the 22-year-old Dutch International sees his future at White Hart Lane and he’s done just about everything in his power to force a move outside of handing in a transfer request. At this rate, don’t be shocked if that’s the next chapter in this drawn out story.