Date: 18th June 2007 at 12:26pm
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Dutch newspaper Arnhemse Courant is reporting that Aston Villa have made a double £15million Ajax swoop.

The paper claims the bid is for Ryan Babel and 23-year-old Wesley Sneijder.

Seems Villa are close but no cigar as the Dutch club want nearer £18million for the pair.

20-year-old Babel plays either as a striker or left winger and has 14 goals for Ajax and 4 for Holland. Sneijder is an attacking midfielder with 43 club goals to his name and 6 for Holland.


38 Replies to “Villa’s Massive Double Dutch Swoop?”

  • 18 mill,thats pretty cheap for them 2! c’mon Randy thats pocket change 4 you! lol. UTV

  • So is this paper the Daily Star or The Independant of Holland? It would be interesting to see how much truth there is behind this rumour. Come on MJ, put the Dutch connection to use and splash the cash. By the way, £18 million is nothing for two superstars!!!

  • £30 million for both would not be over the top by any means!! If Bent is worth £17m both these guys are worth at least that. They would be the biggest signings Villa make of all time.

  • the greatest speculation i have heard so far. if it happens, i’ll be a very happy man.

    and my Tottenham friend would get a lot of jib.

  • Now this sounds more like it. The £3m difference between offer and demanded price is made up from the sale of the players who have left, so go for it. They are worth the asking price.

  • We are getting excited about some gossip from some paper in Holland.I couldn’t even find it on the internet.I think we should calm down for the moment.

  • This would be awesom but I cann’t find anything on this either, where has it come from, any links?? When does pre-season training start, about 3 weeks away is it? i think MON was quoted saying that he wants all if not most of his “pieces” together by then so it could be a very bust next couple to three weeks.

  • This would be the big signings the board have been getting excited about, it would be immense if this happened. But however the likelihood in my eyes in next to nothing : (

  • Babel is going to Arsenal.But I am still holding out on Sneijder and Huntelaar.Pre-season starts on the 4th July so the next couple of weeks will be interesting.All the players are starting to come back from Holidays so the clock is ticking.I presume he will want most if not all in before he goes to the States.Come on Villa…By the way when Bent turned West sham down I nearly p!ssed myself.All that money and still ….Naahhh!!

  • 90% of stories going round are blatantly fabricated. but we wouldn’t go on this site if we didn’t get excited about the possibility of them being true. i would love it if this story is for real but im not gonna believe it until i see it.

  • Fear – Just searched the length and breath of the internet for this story… Have you a source? Not that I don’t believe you 😉 (Though who can blame me – some would class you as a journalist after all!) .

  • ITSOTP. Other than that it is just agents manipulating the press. No change there then.

  • this could be true; nothing has been said about sneijder in ages, babel has a release clause in his contract of something like 9-10m given Nani and Anderson cost 17m each this is a bargain! i wouldnt mind us paying 5m more to have huntelaar not babel; but thats being fussy 😛

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