7 brilliant teams pulled apart before they could fulfil their potential

Ajax 2018-19

Frenkie de Jong has already agreed to join Barcelona. Matthijs de Ligt is likely to do the same before long. Nicolas Tagliafico is linked with Arsenal and Tottenham; David Neres is at the centre of a tug of war between several clubs; so too, the mercurial Hakim Ziyech. 

But such is life when you're the talent factory that is Ajax. With the Eredivisie way behind financially in comparison to its Big Five neighbours, the Dutch giants face a constant battle to keep their finest stars – not least when they're doing daft things like beating Real Madrid and Juventus en route to the Champions League semi-finals. 

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