Sevilla star Lucas Ocampos involved in bizarre Ajax transfer saga

Lucas Ocampos involved in bizarre transfer saga as Sevilla agree to £17m sale of winger to Ajax before Dutch champions decide they do NOT want him during his flight to Amsterdam… and now they want him on loan!

  • Sevilla agreed a £17m fee with Ajax to sell Lucas Ocampos to Dutch champions 
  • But Ajax changed their mind as Ocampos flew to Holland, telling him to go back 
  • Eredivisie side now want to sign the Argentine on a loan deal before deadline

Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos has been left in limbo after being at the centre of a bizarre £17million transfer deal involving Ajax.

The Spanish side had agreed a fee with the Eredivisie champions, who are now flush with cash following the £85.5m sale of Antony to Manchester United earlier this week.

However, the Dutch giants then pulled out of the deal to sign the 28-year-old, who had already boarded a plane to fly to Amsterdam with the expectation of completing a medical before sealing his move on Wednesday.

Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos has been left in limbo after being at the centre of a bizarre transfer deal involving Ajax

Ajax are flush with cash following the £85.5m sale of Antony to Manchester United

Reports in Holland suggest Ajax’s board of directors vetoed the signing, believing the £17m fee, a multi-year contract and a generous salary for Ocampos was ‘irresponsible’ at the moment.

Ocampos was therefore put on a flight back to Seville, with reports claiming Ajax technical manager Gerry Hamstra and ex-striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar – another member of the technical staff –  flew out to Spain to apologise to him.

However, the latest twist has seen the Ajax now trying to sign the Argentina international on a loan deal before Thursday’s deadline.

Ajax decided not to sign him while he was flying to Holland, later putting him on a flight back

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar reportedly had to fly out to Spain to apologise to the Argentine

Reports in Holland claim signings Ajax want to make which cost more than €1m must be submitted to the board of directors for approval.

The report added the only way the Ocampos deal would go through was if Hamstra, Huntelaar and CEO Edwin van der Sar could convince them.

That now appears to have happened with negotiations now underway to see if a loan deal is possible.

But a team including Edwin van der Sar appear to have convinced the board to try a loan move

Ocampos scored nine goals and recorded six assists from 42 matches across all competitions last season for Julen Lopetegui’s men.

He has not scored or assisted in three LaLiga matches so far this term, with Sevilla languishing in 15th with just a single point to their name. 

Sevilla are on the verge of signing Ocampos’ replacement in Adnan Januzaj – with the ex-Man United star set to sign as a free agent following the expiration of his contract with Real Sociedad.

Ocampos has not scored or assisted for Julen Lopetegui’s struggling Sevilla this season




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