The Brazilian wing left Amsterdam After several weeks of negotiations, Ajax officially confirmed today that they have sold the Brazilian wing David Neres to Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian club has pledged to pay Ajax 12,000,000 euros in fixed compensation plus an additional 4,000,000 euros through possible bonuses, depending on the player's performance.
David Neres came to Ajax as a Brazilian miracle of talent five years ago and then became the most expensive player in the history of Dutch football. Ajax paid Sao Paulo 17,400,000 euros. In the first six months, he struggled to acclimatize and fit in, but already in the 2017/18 season, he showed that he was a great goalscorer, as he scored 14 goals and assists in 32 championship matches.
He exploded the following season in the Champions League and was one of the best individuals in the team that eliminated Real Madrid and Juventus and reached the semifinals where they were unluckily eliminated by Tottenham.
David Neres' value was then measured in tens of millions of euros, there were interested clubs, but Ajax did not want to sell him. This was followed by a drop in form caused by a severe knee injury, but also some problems with off-field behavior.
David Neres' last season
Last season, he scored only three goals in the championship, and in the meantime, he lost his place as a starter to his younger compatriot Anthony, who is playing in spectacular form this season.
Considering that Ajax brought the talented Mohamed Daramy to the wing this summer, Dusan Tadic and Anthony are untouchable, and there is even Steven Berghuis, Neres has become a surplus in Amsterdam. Negotiations with Shakhtar lasted for a long time, and Ajax finally agreed to the offer of the Ukrainians, who hope that David Neres will return to his older form.
Traditionally, the Brazilians play well at the club from Donetsk. Ajax will invest the money from the sale of Neres - and add almost as much - to the purchase of Steven Bergwijn from Tottenham. The first offer of 18,000,000 euros was rejected, but the Dutch club is expected to come out with an increased offer.
David Neres could have left much earlier for much more money, but as wevhave already said, the injuries ruined his progress, but now he will get a second chance that he could use. David Neres is certainly happy because many Brazilians will be waiting for him in the new team