Eredivisie champions AFC Ajax have secured the signing of Dutch international Quincy Promes from Sevilla for a fee that could rise to €17.2 million.
The Amsterdam club has paid an initial fee of €15.7 million for Promes, who has signed a five-year contract.
It is a return to the club for the 27-year-old forward, who was originally in their youth set-up. He went on to make his senior professional debut at FC Twente and then shone at Go Ahead Eagles, when current Ajax manager Erik ten Hag was in charge there.
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Promes, who has won 38 caps for the Netherlands, moved to Spartak Moscow in 2014 and Spain last year, where he had a contract until 2023.
The purchase of Promes is funded by Ajax’s recent success, with their Eredivisie and KNVB Beker (FA Cup) double and reaching the UEFA Champions League semifinals bringing them a windfall in the region of €90 million.
The also recouped €75 million for the sale of midfielder Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona, and are likely to at least double that money for the sale of two further young stars who are being strongly linked with moves away from the club: defender Matthijs de Ligt and playmaker Donny van de Beek.
Dutch media reports claim that Ajax will look to weaken their main Eredivisie rivals PSV Eindhoven by purchasing young winger Steven Bergwijn.