'New Robben' Set to Sign for Ajax

Liam Newman@@thatliamnewmanContributor IFebruary 27, 2014

Source: RichairoZivkovic.com

Frank De Boer's Ajax have reportedly agreed a deal to acquire the services of FC Groningen's highly rated 17-year-old striker Richairo Zivkovic, beating off competition from a host of other interested parties in the process.

As per TalkSport, reports in Holland claim that the teenage sensation is set to sign a three-year deal with the Amsterdam giants after an agreement was brokered by Ajax's director of football Marc Overmars.

Amongst those monitoring the progress of Zivkovic, a Netherlands Under-19 international with Serbian descent, were Premier League clubs Manchester City and Liverpool. However, the Dutchman looks destined to remain in the Eredivisie following this proposed move—which is believed to carry a transfer fee of £2 million.

The Groningen player, who made his senior debut towards the tail end of last season, has impressed this term and is already being dubbed as the "new Arjen Robben" by fans in his homeland. As Bleacher Report's Allan Jiang explained, those comparisons may be a little off the mark; it does however prove just how highly regarded the youngster is.

With a return of five league goals this season, a long bright future could await the youngster and the move to Ajax will only further help his development. Any decision to join Manchester City or Liverpool at this stage of his career could have been detrimental to his progress in the game as he would have been condemned to spending the foreseeable future in the reserve team of either English club.

However, at Ajax his first-team opportunities will be far greater, whilst staying in Holland could also boost his prospects of working up the ranks of the national team setup. Zivkovic already boasts two goals for the Under-19s in just three matches, and he is already firmly on the radar of the Under-21 side whilst he is being widely tipped to eventually represent the senior squad.

If Zivkovic does realise his potential ability, then the chances are that Ajax will only be a temporary home before moving to a more permanent destination abroad in a couple of years time. Even if that is the case, supporters of the Amsterdam club will be excited by the prospect of seeing one of Holland's finest young talents wearing their famous red and white jersey.

And when that time comes, when the player is ready to seek a challenge abroad, Ajax will almost certainly be able to command a much higher fee than what they are reportedly paying for the 17-year-old.

Ajax are already dominating the domestic game and are favourites to retain the Eredivisie crown for a club-record fourth consecutive season, which will be their 33rd overall.

The acquisition of Zivkovic will only further enforce their position as Holland's top side.

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