It seemed as though everyone was a winner with the Suarez deal from Liverpool to Barcelona: the player himself, and the respective clubs, the former making a circa 50m Euro profit, the latter landing one of the best players in the world.
But after having their hopes built up, Ajax lose out, as reported by Dutch paper De Telegraaf.
And it’s through no fault of Liverpool or Barcelona; nay, they entirely screwed themselves, according to De Telegraaf.
The sporting director at the time, Rik van den Boog, had the right to negotiate for up to 10% of Suarez’s eventual sell-on from Liverpool, when thrashing out Suarez’s move from Ajax back in 2011.
That would have earned them around a cool €9m windfall from Suarez’s €75m + add-ons move to Barcelona, but instead, due to van den Boog’s failure to get the right deal, they’re set to earn a paltry €2m from the deal.
De Telegraaf put this down to the management crisis Ajax were going through at the time; in haste to get the deal done as quickly as possible, the Amsterdam club rushed through the sale, and overlooked the windfall aspect.
A costly error for an Eredivisie club in this day and age…