Ajax fume as Chelsea eye duo
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ajax are furious after Chelsea showed an interest in two of their best young talents.Ajax are understood to be furious after Chelsea showed an interest in two of their most promising youngsters.
The Blues' new sporting director Frank Arnesen has been busy scouting in recent weeks and he was a very interested spectator at the World Under-17 Championship in Peru.
He was very impressed with Borussia Dortmund's Turkish sensation Nuri Sahin - and reports from Germany even suggested a bid had been lodged, although that has since been denied.
Now, it is believed that 17-year-olds John Goossens and Jeffrey Sarpong (pictured) - rated by many as the Dutch's best prospects at their level - had also caught the eye of Arnesen.
Sources in Holland have now stated that agent Soren Lerby has been approached by fellow countryman and former international team-mate Arnesen, about a potential double deal.
Ajax are not happy at all as they realise there is little they can do should Chelsea mount a serious move for the duo, as they are not officially contracted to them.
Chelsea now know that for just é¼300,000 each, Goossens and Sarpong could be on their way to Stamford Bridge.
"We are thinking about what we can do," Ajax director Arnie van Eijden bemoaned.
"You would think a player's agent would think more about a club like Ajax.
"For us, it is just impossible to give all youth players a contract."
Sarpong and Goossens are yet to comment on the link to Chelsea, although the former has previously stated a desire to move to London, albeit with Arsenal!
"My favourite club is Arsenal," said Sarpong.
"I love the English game because it's so fast and direct. But I also like to watch Barcelona play."
However, Goossens recently stated his idol was Arjen Robben and he could soon get the chance to play with him.