- Jun 24, 2013
There was a bunch of free transfers, and they sold Gravenberch and Haller, and since Tagliafico, and Schuurs is just about done. They were anticipating selling Gravenberch, because he was entering the final year of his contract, but either way, once Gravenberch and Haller were sold Ajax closed shop and jacked up the price.Come on mate, you know the United tax has been a thing since SAF days. Those figures would have immediately gone up another 10-15 million the moment we were ready to make a bid.
As for Gravenberch and the other lot you mentioned, they been basically agreed since early March, way before ETH even set foot through the door. Not much we could have done there.
We have a good relationship with Ajax, with Van der Sar and so does Eric. Ajax probably wouldn't have taken us to the cleaners had we got there first but we delayed until they didn't want to sell anymore. And those are the numbers surrounding those players, as they were linked with us, so that would have included the "United tax".