Ajax and Feyenoord reached an agreement in principle on Friday for the transfer of Dutch international Steven Berghuis, who will sign a contract with the Amsterdam club if he passes the medical examination until June 2025.
“I am 29 years old and it was an audience that wanted to go a step further,” Berghuis said in a statement from Ajax. “I was looking for the combination of playing to win titles, participating in the Champions League and staying with the Netherlands team.”
The clubs did not disclose the arrangement of the transfer, although several Dutch media put it at a maximum of 5.5 million euros.
Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars defined Berghuis as “an important Dutch player who has come a long way in recent years and has gone international as a result.”
The deal is announced on the same day as Serbian striker Dusan Tadic’s renewal by Ajax until mid-2024.
“We play a lot of games, so it is important that we cover all positions well. With Berghuis we bring a creative attacker with a high return, his figures speak for themselves ”, explained Overmars.
Rejection of the fans
The right winger has played at various Dutch clubs, including Twente, VVV Venlo and AZ Alkmaar, and played for English Watford between 2015 and 2017.
Last season he played 41 official games for Feyenoord, in which he scored 21 goals and gave 16 assists. He was summoned by the Netherlands for the European Championship this summer, although he participated in only two games, both coming out in the second half.
Feyenoord fans have shown on social media their rejection of the transfer due to the historic rivalry of the Rotterdam club with Ajax.