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Sebastian Haller to Dortmund could pave way for Bergwijn to Ajax

The dominoes are being set up.

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All has been quiet on the transfer front lately, especially Steven Bergwijn’s move out of Tottenham Hotspur. Ajax has been strongly linked with a move to bring Bergwijn back to the Netherlands since last January, but the last we checked in, Ajax were only offering €17m, well short of Spurs’ valuation for the Dutch winger/forward.

De Telegraaf journalist Mike Verweij has been the person most on top of this transfer, and in today’s paper (paywalled, reported via Sport Witness) he states that there could be a breakthrough imminent. Ajax is reportedly very close to selling former West Ham forward Sebastian Haller to Dortmund to replace Erling Haaland for somewhere in the range of €30m, and Verweij says that would free up the funds for Ajax to make a serious push to sign Bergwijn.

If I recall correctly, Spurs were hoping for something in the realm of €40m for Bergwijn, and at the moment I doubt they’ll get it. But if Bergwijn really is Ajax’s top attacking target this summer and they get a little cash from selling Haller, €30m would be pretty ok.

We should note that nothing here is a done deal — Haller reportedly has agreed personal terms with Dortmund but the clubs haven’t agreed on a fee. Verweij however is a solid source, and if he’s reporting it it’s likely something’s going to get done soon. Hopefully then that trickles down into a concrete bid for Stevie. It’s probably the best chance he has of leaving Tottenham ahead of this winter’s World Cup.