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Report: Klaassen expresses wish to leave, Ajax transfer more probable

By Peter Vice

German press sources report that Ajax and Werder are presently talking concrete figures. If Davy Klaassen has truly put in a transfer request with the Hanseaten, a deal should be imminent.

Davy Klaassen.
Davy Klaassen.Photo: Werder Bremen

Germany’s Bild-Zeitung reports that Ajax Amsterdam have tendered an offer in upwards of €12 million to SV Werder Bremen for the purchase of 27-year-old Dutch midfieder Davy Klaasen. German footballing magazine Kicker reports the two clubs currently engage in intense negotiations to get the deal done.

A possible transfer of one of SV Werder Bremen's most important starting players appeared to be categorically ruled out earlier this summer. Klaasen's agent spoke of the player's desire to remain in Germany with aim of "playing a better season". Klaassen himself would later say that he was surprised by the finality of that statement, remarking, "one never knows what might happen in football."

Bild reports that the Dutch club has offered a base transfer fee of €7 million with an additional €5 million in renumeration coming in future bonuses. A relegation-threaten club such as Werder could use an immediate infusion of cash, if only to leave themselves well poised to purchase a few more additions in January.

Much more importantly, Kicker has discovered that Klaassen has personally put in a transfer request with the Werder administration. It would appear that the midfielder wishes to return home to the club which gave him his professional debut and for whom he would later make 128 appearances over seven seasons.

The Hanseaten cannot be persuaded to part company with Klaassen easily. Bremen head-of-scouting Clemens Fritz labelled Klaassen "a very important player, both on the pitch and in the dressing room." Earlier this week, however, he did conceded that "We are not in a position to say that a player is not for sale." Werder Sporting CEO Frank Baumann has made similar statements, recently stating "no player is un-sellable".

Werder may be able to shake more money out of Ajax given that the Erdevisie side's need for midfielders is common knowledge. The mere fact that the transfer window will slam shut in five short days still render prolonged haggling unlikely. If Werder opt to sell their starting no. 8, they must allow themselves enough time to procure a replacement.

Kicker concludes its coverage by noting that conditions are very favorable for a deal and to see one not go through would count as "a surprise".

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