Eredivisie summer 2021 transfer window: Live updates
Want to know more about Eredivisie transfers 21-22? Who are the recent arrivals and departures in the Dutch top tier? Will the likes of Ajax and Feyenoord get to sell more promising players? Follow us below as we provide you the latest Eredivisie transfer news.
Some might say that the Dutch football league is not as entertaining as the other top-four leagues in Europe. Many would disagree as some might even believe that Eredivisie is even better than the other top leagues in many aspects. That is why many would be eager to know more about the
Eredivisie summer 2021 transfer window
and see which teams have been the most active for the new season.
With the new season of Dutch football being upon us, all eighteen teams in the league would like to get off to a flying start, which is why they have all been quite busy boosting their squads for the new season. There is much to share regarding the Eredivisie transfer news, especially since the rivalry and the competition for the title itself is getting tighter and more intense each year.
Of course Ajax have been the dominant force in Eredivisie just likeBayern Munich
in Bundesliga andParis Saint-Germain
in Ligue 1, but that does not stop clubs such as PSV and AZ Alkmaar from aiming high. With Lille becoming the surprise champions of the French league last campaign, clubs in the Dutch league would certainly be more than motivated to prove that they too can make history by putting an end to Ajax’s three-year reign to Eredivisie.
There have already been several significant arrivals and departures, which is why many are excited to know more about the
list of Dutch football transfers summer 2021
. That is why we have provided below all the information you might need about the transfers and how the teams have been doing in the summer. Read on to find out more.
Eredivisie transfers 21-22
Here is everything you need to know about the Eredivisie summer 2021 transfer window.
The reigning champions of the Dutch league are back to business to go for a domestic double with a strong team.Ajax
are known for their legendary youth development team and having introduced numerous world-class legends over the years means that they usually depend on their own youth products to rise up the ranks and make a name for themselves instead of investing in older players in the market. That, however, does not mean that Ajax don’t spend as they have already signed several players in the
Eredivisie summer 2021 transfer window
They have brought in 29-year-old right-winger Steven Berghuis from Feyenoord for reportedly €5.5 million, while also investing in the 21-year-old goalkeeper Jay Gorter, who has joined the Lancers from Go Ahead Eagles. Of course overall, they have spent a little over €5 million, while making a €30 million profit with the transfer of Razvan Marin, Lassina Traore, Noa Lang and Kjell Scherpen to Cagliari, Shakhtar Donetsk, Club Brugge and Brighton respectively.
Surely Erik Ten Hag would like to make use of both the profits and the new signings to continue pushing for yet another Eredivisie title. His time at the helm as Ajax manager has been more than satisfactory since he is one of the main reasons the club has been doing so well both on the pitch and in the transfer market.
Steven Berghuis, Jay Gorter, Remko Pasveer
Razvan Marin (Cagliari Calcio), Lassina Traore (Shakhtar Donetsk), Noa Lang (Club Brugge), Kjeil Scherpen (Brighton), Carel Eiting (KRC Genk), Dominik Kotarski (HNK Gorica-loan), Oussama Idrissi (Sevilla-end of loan)
Eredivisie summer 2021 transfer window
could have been the chanceAlkmaar
could use to tighten the gap between themselves and their rivals PSV and Ajax, but every clubs has been under quiet a lot of financial pressure ever since the pandemic hit, which is why Alkmaar too have been selling to survive another season. Of course they might go on and sign several key players as no one knows what Pasca Jansen has got planned for his squad.
But for the time being, the Cheeseheads have said goodbye to more players than they have signed, letting go of Myron Boadu, Calvin Stengs and Marco Bizot – who have joined Monaco, OGC Nice and Stade Brest respectively – and many others who have left the club on a free transfer. Alkmaar finished the season sitting on the third spot, falling short of reaching the level Ajax are currently in.
They fell behind PSV Eindhoven with only a one-point difference, which is why we are bound to see an intense rivalry between the two clubs this season as well. Of course Alkmaar might have to boost their squad strength first as they have had quite a lot of departures on the list of Dutch football transfers summer 2021.
Vangelis Pavlidis, Sam Beukema, Aslak Fonn Witry, Bruno Martins Indi
Myron Boadu (Monaco), Calvin Stengs (OGC Nice), Marco Bizot (Stade Brest 29), Jasper Schendelaar (PEC Zwolle), Rody de Boer (Roda JC), Jonas Svensson (Adana Demirspor), Ramon Leeuwin (Almere City), Thomas Ouwejan (FC Schalke-loan), Joris Kramer (Go Ahead Eagles-loan), Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City-end of loan)
Even thoughSC Cambuur
have signed a couple of player and have parted ways with a couple more in the Eredivisie summer 2021 transfer window, they have had neither any expenditures nor any profits until now. The club have acquired the services of Marco Tol from FC Volenda, Sam Hendriks from Go Ahead Eagles and Tom Boere from SV Meppen and all transfers have been free transfers. On the other hand, the Yellow-Blues have had to part ways with several players, releasing the likes of Stanley Akoy, Delano Ladan and Jarchinio Antonia, who are currently operating as free agents.
The last time Cambuur played in the top-flight of Dutch football dates back to the 2015-16 season, when they were relegated from the league after winning only three games throughout the whole campaign. The results were particularly disappointing due to the fact that they had managed to secure the 12th spot a season prior. Now we will have to wait and see if Henk de Jong could keep his team in the top-tier and further extend their stay in Eredivisie.
Marco Tol, Sam Hendriks, Tom Boere
Sven Nieuwpoort (Excelsior), Ragnar Oratmangoen (Go Ahead Eagles), Giovanni Korte (De Graafschap), Maarten Pouwels (Almere City), Stanley Akoy (released), Delano Ladan (released), Jarchinio Antonia (released), Joris Kramer (AZ Alkmaar-end of loan)
According to the latest
Eredivisie transfer news
have signed Alierza Jahanbakhsh from Brighton & Hove Albion for a ridiculously low price of €1.1 million. Brighton had paid a hefty fee to bring in the Iranian winger from AZ Alkmaar back in 2018. The Premier League side had to pay €19 million to sign the winger, who turned out to be a total flop and did not get to make many appearances over the course of his two-and-a-half-year stay at Brighton.
Having returned to the Dutch league, we will have to give the 27-year-old the time he needs to adapt back into his old self in an already familiar league and see if he can turn the tides in his favor once again and become a fan-favorite at his new club.
Feyenoord finished fifth behind Vitesse last campaign as one of the higest-scoring teams in the tournament. It seems that they are planning on further bolstering their attack while also cementing their backline with new signings. Of course Jahanbakhsh comes as a replacement for Steven Berghuis – who left the club to join Ajax – rather than as a boost to the club’s untouched frontline.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Marcus Holmgren Pedersen, Ofir Marciano, Gernot Trauner, Fredrik Aursnes, Guus Til (loan)
Steven Berghuis (Ajax), Nick Marsman (Inter Miami CF), Nicolai Jorgensen (Kasimpasa), Eric Botteghin (Ascoli), Dylan Vente (Roda JC), George Johnston (Bolton), Ramo Ten-Hove (Esbjerg fB), Sven van Beek (Heerenveen), Bart Nieuwkoop (Union SG), Marouan Azarkan (Excelsior-loan), Liam Kelly (released), Luciano Narsingh (released), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar-end of loan), Lucas Pratto (River Plate-end of loan)
have been slowly rising up the ranks at the top flight of Dutch football. They barely escaped relegation when they first got promoted into Eredivisie, and now they have turned themselves into one of the mid-table clubs instead. It seems that the club are planning a summer overhaul as they have released so many players in the Eredivisie summer 2021 transfer window. They have also signed several players so far, including Samy Baghdadi from RC Grasse, Yigit Emre Celtik from Altinordu, Arianit Ferati from Mannheim and Felix Dornebusch from Braunschweig.
Samy Baghdadi, Yigit Emre Celtik, Arianit Ferati, Felix Dornebusch
Dimitrios Ioannidis (Rot Weiss Ahlen), Djibril Dianessy (Pau FC), Rasmus Karjalainen (Helsingborg), Andre Vidigal (Maritimo), Mike van Beijnen (FC Den Bosch-loan), Gregoire Amiot (released), Clint Essers (released), Piet Velthuizen (released), Ozgur Aktas (released), Leroy George (released), Jacky Donkor (released), Nassim el Ablak (released), Samuel Moutoussamy (FC Nantes-end of loan), Mickael Tirpan (Kasimpasa-end of loan), Dario van den Buijs (Beerschot-end of loan)
Go Ahead Eagles
While some of the non-Eredivisie fans might not have heard about Go Ahead Eagles, one of the historically rich clubs in the Netherlands, Dutch football fans surely know who they are and where they come from. The people of Deventer will surely be proud of their team making it back into the top flight as the club aim to quickly strengthen their squad in the Eredivisie summer 2021 transfer window and before the season kicks off. Go Ahead Eagles have already signed almost an entirely new squad, while letting go of another entire squad over the past couple of weeks.
Yacine Bourhane, Job Schuurman, Mats Deijl, Gerrit Nauber, Warner Hahn, Philippe Rommens, Ragnar Oratmangoen, Siac Lidberg, Joris Kramer (loan), Ogechika Heil (loan), Marco Cardona (loan)
Jay Gorter (Ajax), Sam Beukema (AZ Alkmaar), Antoine Rabillard (Concarneau), Nicolas Abdat (TOP Oss), Sam Hendriks (SC Cambuur), Alessio Budel (NEC Amateurs), Jeroen Veldmate (FC Emmen), Mitchel Michaelis (Koninklijke HFC), Wout Drste (Akranes), Bradly van Hoeven (Sparta-end of loan)
Having made Paulos Abraham’s loan move permanent for €2 million,Groningen
will be aiming for a higher finish this time around. Of course they have been going a couple of positions up and down the ladder in recent seasons, which is why many believe they might end up in the same position as ever. Danny Buijs has been busy boosting his defensive line by signing several center-backs in the Eredivisie summer 2021 transfer window.
We will have to wait and see if the club will add more defenders to the list of Dutch football transfers summer 2021, which already includes the likes of Marin Sverko, Neraysho Kasanwirjo, Radinio Balker and Thomas Poll.
Paulos Abraham, Marin Sverko, Cyril Ngonge, Michael de Leeuw, Neraysho Kasanwirjo, Radinio Balker, Peter Leeuwenburgh
Thijs Dallinga (Excelsior), Sergio Padt (Ludogorets), Nicklas Strunck Jakobsen (Esbjerg), Sam Schreck (Erzgebirge Aue-loan), Arjen Robben (retired), Per Kristian Bratveit (Djurgarden-end of loan), Alessio Da Cruz (Parma-end of loan), Miguel Angel Leal (Villarreal CF-end of loan), Ko Itakura (Manchester City-end of loan)
Heerenveen have been a mid-table side ever since they got promoted into the top-tier in the 2014-15 season. That is why they will be looking forward to cementing their position in the middle of the table, aiming to reach even higher considering how motivated the clubs are right now.
The only transfer fee that they have paid so far is for Milan van Ewijk’s transfer from ADO Den Haag, who agreed to let go of the 20-year-old right-back for a little over half a million Euros. Heerenveen have also signed Sven van Beek and Xavier Mous on a free transfer, while loaning in Filip Stevanovic fromManchester City
Milan van Ewijk, Sven van Beek, Xavier Mous, Filip Stevanovic (loan)
Sherel Floranus (Antalyaspor), Ariel Harush (Beer Sheva), Lasse Schone (NEC Nijmegen), Rein Smit (Telstar), Sieben Dewaele (RSC Anderlecht-end of loan), Oliver Batista Meier (Bayern Munich II-end of loan), Ulysses Llanez (Wolfsburg II-end of loan), Jan Paul van Hecke (Brighton-end of loan)
Looking at the
Eredivisie transfers 21-22
, one could easily see that FC Emmen have got quite the interest in Heracles’ players, which is why they have signed three of the Dutch club’s players – two on free transfer deals and one on loan. Having lost several of their men to other clubs, Heracles have already found replacements in Robin Jalving, Bilal Basacikoglu and Sven Sonnenberg.
The Heraclieden finished last season sitting in the ninth position, which is quite a decent position to be in. So Heracles manager Frank Wormuth will certainly be looking forward to continuing in this fashion, repeating the same results and even improving on them in the 2021-22 season.
Sven Sonnenberg, Alessandro Damen, Bilal Basacikoglu, Robin Jalving, Nikolai Laursen, Ruben Roosken, Robin Polley
Robin Propper (FC Twente), Teun Bijleveld (FC Emmen), Jeff Hardeveld (FC Emmen), Michael Brouwer (FC Emmen-loan), Daniel Mesenholer (released), Tim Breukers (retired)
This season will be Nijmegen’s third campaign competing amongst the best of the best in Dutch football, which is why they will surely be active in the Eredivisie summer 2021 transfer window. Ron de Groot has already signed Ivan Marquez, Lasse Schone, Ilias Bronkhorst and several others to both bolster his attack and boost his defensive strength for the new season. After a couple of years of absence from Eredivisie,NEC Nijmegen
are back with the hopes of surviving for at least one or two seasons. We can only wait and see if they can fulfill that dream.
Ivan Marquez, Lasse Schone, Ilias Bronkhorst, Magnus Mattsson, Mikkel Duelund (loan), Rodrigo Guth (loan), Ali Akman (loan), Danny Vukovic
Job Schuurman (Go Ahead Eagles), Ayman Sellouf (Utrecht U21), Etien Velikonja (ND Gorica), Norbert Alblas (TOP Oss), Thibo Baeten (Torino U19-loan), Anton Fase (released), Terry Lartey Sanniez (released), Rangelo Janga (FC Astana-end of loan)
are also one of the mid-tables sides in Eredivisie, who go up and down the table each season. Having signed the likes of Gervane Kastaneer and Mees de Wit, John Stegeman will be needing a finisher in the front now that Reza Ghoochannejhad’s contract with the club has ended. The Iranian center-forward is currently a free agent and Zwolle have no intentions of extending the 33-year-old center-forward’s contract.
Gervane Kastaneer, Mees de Wit, Konstantinos Lamprou, Jasper Schendelaar, Mark Pabai, Siemen Voet
Nigel Bertrams (FC Eindhoven), Clint Leemans (Viborg FF), Virgil Misidjan (FC Twente), Xavier Mous (Heerenveen), Mike van Duinen (OFI Crete), Reza Ghoochannejhad (released), Thomas Lam (released), Jesper Drost (released), Marc Olivier Doue (released), Immanuel Pherai (Borussia Dortmund-end of loan), Benson (Royal Antwerp-end of loan), Thomas Buitink (Vitesse-end of loan)
are one of the few clubs in Eredivisie who have managed to make €30+ million profit in the summer transfer window. They made good money from the sale of Donyell Malen to Borussia Dortmund for reportedly €30 million. The club also sold Pablo Rosario to OGC Nice and Joel Piroe to Swansea for €6 million and €2 million respectively. With several high-profile departures from PSV prior to the start of the new season, the Red and Whites are currently a man short in the front, which has left supporters thinking about what Roger Schmidt’s next move might be.
Joel Drommel, Andre Ramalho, Davy Propper, Marco van Ginkel, Phillipp Mwene, Richard Ledezma, Dante Rigo, Derrick Luckassen (back from loan), Bruma (back from loan),Ritsu Doan (back from loan)
Donyell Malen (Borussia Dortmund), Pablo Rosario (OGC Nice), Joel Piroe (Swansea), Lars Unnerstall (FC Twente), Michal Sadilek (FC Twente-loan), Marco van Ginkel (Chelsea-end of loan), Adrian Fein (Bayern Munich-end of loan)
RKC Waalwijk narrowly escaped the relegation and play-off zones thanks to the team managing to get a better Goal Difference ratio than FC Emmen, who had to fight for their place in Eredivisie through the play-offs. While FC Emmen were relegated for Eerste Divisie in the end, Waalwijk managed to survive and stay in the top-tier for the third consecutive season.
It seems that they are planning on shifting the tides in their favor by signing several players to use in key positions on the pitch. They have so far signed 32-year-old center forward Michiel Kramer from ADO Den Haag, Joel Pereira from Manchester United, Thierry Lutonda from RSc Anderlecht and Iliass Bel Hassani from Ajman Club. We will have to wait and see if these new arrivals could replace the newly departed players.
Michiel Kramer, Joel Pereira, Thierry Lutonda, Iliass Bel Hassani, Jens Odgaard (loan), Alexander Buttner, Issam El Maach
Cyril Ngonge (FC Groningen), Ola John (Al-Hazem), Sylla Sow (Sheffield Wednesday), Konstantinos Lamprou (PEC Zwolle), Mike Grim (OFC Oostzaan), Paul Quasten (Ajax Amateurs), Anas Tahiri (CFR Cluj), Vurnon Anita (released), Nando Nostlinger (released), James Efmorfidis (retired), Thijs Oosting (AZ Alkmaar-end of loan), Vitalie Damascan (Torino-end of loan)
Even though Sparta were relegated to the second division after finishing 17th in Eredivisie in the 2017-18 season, there has only been one way up for the club as they have slowly built up their strength, moving up the ladder to reach higher positions on the league table. They were in fact quite phenomenal last season as they got to finish the campaign standing at the eighth position with only a 3-point difference stopping them from surpassing Groningen.
Sparta’s summer overhaul might not be as excessive as one would expect, but they have been quite busy releasing players by not signing a contract extension, bringing new players such as Laurent Jans, Vito van Crooij and Kenzo Goudmijn instead. Interestingly, Henk Fraser has refrained from spending any money so far, bringing in the new signings on free transfer deals or on loan from other clubs. Of course it is worth pointing out that they have not made any profits either as they have let go of their players for free due to their contracts expiring.
Laurent Jans, Vito van Crooij, Kenzo Goudmijn (loan)
Danzell Gravenberch (De Graafschap), Michael Fabrie (Smitshoek), Lassan Faye (released), Deroy Duarte (released), Jeffry Fortes (released), Aaron Meijers (ADO Den Haag-end of loan), Wouter Burger (Feyenoord-end of loan)
Twente are far from their worst campaign in the 2017-18 season, when they were relegated from the top-flight with less than 30 points in total. Their 2020-21 season saw them finish almost right in the middle of the table, where they got to finish above Fortuna Sittard thanks to their better goal difference ratio. Of course their ratio was still less than satisfactory, but that did not stop them from getting fine results considering how their previous two seasons had been. Twente manager Ron Jans had to survive last season with several loanees after replacing Gonzalo Recoba in June 2020.
One of the most historically rich clubs in the Netherlands are slowly gaining back their strength, which is why they have signed several players both on free transfer deals and on loan deals. The coach has signed Ricky van Wolfswinkel from FC Basel, Giovanni Troupee from FC Utrecht, goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall from PSV, Virgil Misidjan from PEC Zwolle and several other players on loan to boost his squad for the new season.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Giovanni Troupee, Lars Unnerstall, Virgil Misidjan, Robin Propper, Vaclav Cerny, Michel Vlap (loan), Michal Sadilek (loan), Dimitros Limnios (loan), Manfred Ugalde (loan), Jody Lukoki
Joel Drommel (PSV Eindhoven), Lindon Selahi (HNK Rijeka), Luciano Narsingh (Feyenoord-end of loan), Issah Abass (FSV Mainz-end of loan), Tyronne Ebuehi (Benfica B-end of loan), Dainlo (Ajax U21-end of loan), Nathan Markelo (Everton-end of loan)
It is quite bizarre how Utrecht have managed to stay where they are for three consecutive seasons. While it is normal to see teams go up and down a specific region on the league table, it is somehow strange to see Utrecht finish sixth for three whole seasons in a row. The Cupfighters will surely be looking forward to achieving a much better result this season and maybe even achieve a top-four finish in the end.
The club’s manager Rene Hake has decided to bring in a new promising center forward to bolster his attacking options in the front. Anastasios Douvikas has joined the Dutch club from the Greek club Volos NPS for a little over €1 million. Other than a center-forward, the club have also brought in a central midfielder to complement their offensive front with a fine passer of the ball. Of course we will have to wait and see if they would make good use of former Ajax reserves player Quinten Timber, who has joined the club on a free transfer deal.
Anastasios Douvikas, Quinten Timber, Arthur Zagre (loan), Nick Venema (end of loan), Justin Lonwijk (end of loan), Leon Guwara (end of loan), Jonas Arweiler (end of loan), Mitchel van Rooijen (end of loan), Vaclav Cerny (end of loan)
Giovanni Troupee (FC Twente), Odysseus Velanas (NAC Breda), Leon Guwara (Jahn Regensburg), Vaclav Cerny (FC Twente), Jonas Arweiler (Almere City), Mitchell van Rooijen (VVV-Venlo), Justin Lonwijk (Viborg FF), Thijmen Nijhuis (MVV Maastricht-loan), Emil Bergstrom (Willem II-loan), Eljero Elia (released), Justin Hoogma (TSG Hoffenheim-end of loan)
Despite their 10-point distance with AZ Alkmaar last season, Vitesse managed to give them a run for their money as they battled it out in Eredivisie to reach the third spot. That is why we could see them trying to repeat the same form and maybe even manage to take on the top-three this time around. The club’s manager Thomas Letsch might have to think about how to implement his new signings into his current squad. The 52-year-old took charge of Vitesse in 2020 and has now signed several promising players to boost his squad further for the new campaign.
The club have already brought in several players including goalkeepers Daan Reiziger and Markus Schubert, midfielder Toni Domgjoni, wingers Julian von Moos and Yann Gboho on loan and center forward Nikolai Baden Frederisken. We will have to wait and see if Letsch decides to make use of his club’s youth products and Thomas Buitink, who has returned to the club from his loan spell, or if he will opt to use his new signings instead.
Among the departures, only two have left Vitesse for good and are both goalkeepers. The departures list includes Remko Pasveer, who left the club to join Ajax as a reserve goalkeeper and sort of a mentor for the younger players and Bilal Bayazit, who has joined Kayserispor in his country of origin.
Daan Reiziger, Toni Domgjoni, Romaric Yapi, Markus Schubert, Nikolai Baden Frederiksen (loan), Julian Von Moos (loan), Yann Gboho (loan), Thomas Buitink (end of loan)
Remko Pasveer (Ajax), Bilal Bayazit (Kayserispor), Enrico Hernandez (FC Einhoven-loan), Thomas Bruns (released), Armando Broja (Chelsea U23-end of loan), Idrissa Toure (Juventus U23-end of loan), Noah Ohio (RB Leipzig U19-end of loan)
Willem II Tilburg
Willem narrowly avoided relegation last season as they finished one point above Waalwijk and FC Emmen. Their less than satisfactory performance in the Dutch top-flight forced the club’s hand to replace Adrie Koster with their new manager Zeljko Petrovic, who has been at the helm since January 2021.
While they were close to being relegated into the lower tier of Dutch football, the club have given their coach time to adapt and bring in new players to build up a stronger side. However, Petrovic has mostly been active in the departures department, letting go of several players including Mike Tresor and Vangelis Pavlidis, who have joined KRC Genk and AZ Alkmaar for €3.5 and €2.5 million respectively.
In the other department, which includes the recent arrivals, Willem II have brought in Ulrik Jenssen from Nordsjaelland, Max Svensson from Helsingborg and Nikolaos Michelis from AC Milan’s U19 side, while also loaning in Emil Bergstrom from FC Utrecht. The club had seen much better days in previous seasons, but the last campaign was truly disastrous. We will have to wait and see how the new manager is going to perform in the 2021-22 season and if the club are going to regain at least some of their lost strength.
Ulrik Jenssen, Max Svensson, Emil Bergstrom (loan), Nikolaos Michelis, Vincent Schippers, John Yeboah (end of loan), Dylan Ryan (end of loan)
Mike Tresor (KRC Genk), Vangelis Pavlidis (AZ Alkmaar), Victor van den Bogert (FC Den Bosch), Sebastian Holmen (C. Rizespor), Jan-Arie van der Heijden (released), Jordens Peters (retired), Ole Romeny (NEC Nijmegen-end of loan), Sven van Beek (Feyenoord-end of loan), Ian Smeulers (Feyenoord U21-end of loan), Arijanet Muric (Manchester City-end of loan), Lindon Selahi (FC Twente-end of loan)
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