Ajax hero Donny van de Beek was Bergkamp’s protege and is set to spark £55m Premier League transfer scramble after downing Spurs

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Ajax hero Donny van de Beek was Bergkamp's protege and is set to spark £55m Premier League transfer scramble after downing Spurs



ARSENAL legend Dennis Bergkamp may have come back to haunt Spurs through his protege Donny van de Beek.
The young Dutch superstar scored the only goal of the game as Ajax put one foot in the Champions League final against Tottenham on Tuesday.
Getty Images – Getty Donny van de Beek scored the only goal as Ajax downed Spurs on Tuesday night
Bergkamp, 49, was working as a youth coach at Ajax when he first became aware of Van de Beek’s potential.
He took him under his wing at the age of 10 and 12 years later the midfielder is now on the lips of most top European clubs.
Former Ajax boss Frank de Boer, who promoted Bergkamp as his assistant, once said: “Dennis started talking enthusiastically about a talent in his youth team.
“It was a boy who reminded Dennis of himself at that age. That was the signal for me to keep an eye on that guy. That was Donny.”
Ajax have a rich history of developing some of the world’s best players before flogging them for huge fees.
And Van de Beek is no different.
Valued at around £55m, a host of European clubs are bound to begin a bidding war when the transfer window opens in the summer.

One of those is Paris Saint-Germain who are just one of few clubs that can flex their financial muscle and lure him to France.
A handful of Premier League sides will also be able to afford him should Ajax decide to cash in.
The Dutch league leaders are already braced to lose both Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona.
But Manchester United have not given up hope and will aim to make a late bid alongside Juventus, Liverpool and Real Madrid. 
Getty – Contributor Dennis Begkamp took Van de Beek under his wing at the age of 10
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