The 10 Netherlands footballers with the highest price tag
Ajax have flirted with European success in both the Europa and Champions League, but the strong performances that fans have grown accustomed to from the national team have simply not been there.
The Netherlands failed to qualify for World Cup 2018 then at Euro 2020 they crashed out in the last 16 against a Czech Republic team that they were favoured to beat.
Louis van Gaal is now back in charge of Oranje, but who will be his aces?
Here we study the Netherlands’ 10 most valuable players, according to FootballTransfers’ algorithm, most of whom are liable to play a major role in Van Gaal’s rebuild.
Most valuable Dutch players
Despite struggling on the pitch, the Netherlands still have one of the most impressive rosters of individual talent in all of world football.
Matthijs de Ligt is the nation's most valuable player, now valued at €76.2m after a 2019 move to Juventus and performances that are only growing his reputation in Italy and across the continent.
Not far behind is Frenkie de Jong, with the Barcelona talent currently being valued at no less than €71.1m. There are rumours that he could be sold by the Blaugrana this summer, but they will likely command a fee in excess of our value.
|1. Matthijs de Ligt||Juventus||€76.2m|
|2. Frenkie de Jong||Barcelona||€71.1|
|3. Ryan Gravenberch||Ajax||€45m|
|4. Arnaut Danjuma||Villarreal||€45m|
|5. Virgil van Dijk||Liverpool||€43.9|
|6. Memphis Depay||Barcelona||€42.5m|
|7. Donyell Malen||Dortmund||€39.5m|
|8. Jurrien Timber||Ajax||€38.4m|
|9. Sven Botman||Lille||€30.8m|
|10. Mitchel Bakker||Leverkusen||€30m|
Ajax wonderkid Ryan Gravenberch is third, valued at €45m. He is likely to leave the Eredivisie giants this summer, with Bayern Munich and Manchester United leading the race for his signature.
In fourth is Arnaut Danjuma, valued at €45m. He has been superb for Villarreal since a big-money move from Bournemouth, scoring 16 goals in all competitions and helping the Spanish side to the Champions League semi-finals.
It is no surprise to see Virgil van Dijk on our list. The big Dutchman remains one of the best defenders in the world and is arguably playing the best football of his career at Liverpool, pursuing a quadruple.