Tonight Ajax confirmed that they have reached an agreement with FC Groningen to sign 17-year-old forward Richairo Zivkovic in the summer. The teenager has signed a three-year contract and will cost the Amsterdammers a reported fee of €2.5m while Groningen will receive 10% of any future transfer fee.
Zivkovic was born in the Netherlands on September 5, 1996, to a Serbian mother and a Curacaoan father. He has been at FC Groningen’s youth academy since he was 11 years old.
The tall, quick forward already has accolades to his name, undoubtedly the honour of being the youngest ever player from FC Groningen to score an Eredivisie goal. He notched the goal after just spending five minutes of the pitch as a substitute in the opening game of this season, a 4-1 away win against NEC Nijmegen – he was still sixteen at the time.
Zivkovic made his first team debut in December 2012 however, this season he has already scored six goals to his name – the latest of which came in the 2-1 defeat at Den Haag this past Saturday.
The youngster had attracted attention from all over Europe and amongst those clubs were Liverpool, with Brendan Rodgers reportedly impressed with Zivkovic.
Zivkovic himself ruled out leaving the Eredivisie as he stated he wanted to stay in the country, which all but ruled out joining the Premier League side and Ajax director Marc Overmars has been vocal in the club’s pursuit of Zivkovic.
Talking to Ajax TV, Zivkovic said: “Ajax is a fantastic club with a fantastic stadium, from being a boy I have been an Ajax fan.
“I have good competition here at Ajax, but I’m quite confident as I am someone who adapts quickly. I hope to play as much as possible.”
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