Wonder if Ed Woodward can recommend a decent café in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam will be the focus of many big clubs this summer with several promising prospects after making a significant impact at Ajax this season.
The Eredivise giants have reached the Champions League quarter-finals after knocking out last year’s champions Real Madrid, who were going for their fourth consecutive triumph in the competition.
Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong has already secured a summer transfer to Barcelona and Matthijs de Ligt supposedly set to join him at Camp Nou, as per Sport.
Manchester United fans may want to see the club try to sign De Ligt, who is arguably destined to become the world’s best defender. The 19-year-old partners Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk in defence for the Netherlands national team.
However, Ed Woodward was in Amsterdam today for the 22ndEuropean Club Association (ECA) General Assembly, along with representatives from 163 other clubs. They were there to supposedly put forward plans to revamp the Champions League and Club World Cup.
With so many other clubs in attendance, Woodward was in a position to quiz certain members on potential transfer targets for the summer, but that wasn’t on the agenda from what’s been reported.
According to a report published by the Manchester Evening News, former United goalkeeper Edwin van Der Sar revealed that a price cap will be placed on away tickets in UEFA competitions.
“Speaking as a former player, we want vocal fans at games and most of the time that’s the support that travels to domestic away games, too,” Van Der Sar said.
“We have fans who watch on TV all around the world but I think it’s important that we keep football affordable for local fans so they can travel at home and abroad.”
The news comes off the back of Barcelona’s decision to charge United fans £103 a ticket for the away leg at Camp Nou.
Van Der Sar, now working as a director at Ajax, hits the nail on the head.
To follow football is expensive and many fans have already been priced out of the game they love.
Something has to change to prevent clubs from taking advantage.