With the Dutch football season all but over, a number of top European stars are in limbo, unaware of what the future holds for them.
Some, like Ajax star Hakim Ziyech, have their future sown up but aren’t sure whether they’ve played their last game in Holland, while others have been linked with moves abroad but are yet to put pen to paper.
The latest news from Holland is that the season is set to be ended, with the country’s Prime Minister revealing games cannot be played for more than four months.
That leaves plenty of questions regarding the league itself, but away from that the future of a number of the division’s big names is also high on the agenda.
Here, Sportsmail takes a look at six of the biggest names and where they could be playing once football does eventually return after the coronavirus pandemic…
Ajax won the Eredivisie in 2018-19 but no more football looks likely in the 2019-20 campaign
Back in February, Ajax star Ziyech sealed a £37million move to Chelsea in the summer, but it’s fair to say he didn’t expect his time in Holland to end quite like this.
Although Ziyech knows where his future lies beyond this season, there are still plenty of questions facing him in the coming weeks and months.
He will, of course, be wondering whether he will ever pull on the famous red and white stripes of Ajax again, or whether a 3-1 away win at Heerenveen on March 7 will turn out to be his final appearance.
If the Dutch season does end now, he’ll be free to join Chelsea, but further questions will then be raised over whether he will be able to slot straight into the squad when his contract begins on July 1.
Indeed, if the English league season does play to its conclusion, rules may be put in place that state only the initial 2019-20 squads at the time of shutdown are eligible to play.
That could leave Ziyech in an odd state of limbo whereby his season has finished with Ajax, but he has to wait until he’s allowed to pull on the Chelsea blue.
Hakim Ziyech may have played his last game for Ajax but his near future at Chelsea is unclear
Donny van de Beek
One other Ajax player linked with a huge move in the summer is Donny van de Beek, with rumours aplenty that he is desperate to join Real Madrid. Manchester United are also said to be in the chase, and the player himself opened the door to a move to Old Trafford earlier this month when he admitted he ‘hasn’t said yes to anyone’.
His agent, of course, will have been hoping to spark something of a bidding war for his player, but that could all be scuppered by the coronavirus pandemic.
As mentioned above, Ziyech may well be in limbo but at least his Chelsea terms are agreed. The fee is rubber-stamped, his future wages are secured.
For Van de Beek, the current climate could well come back to bite him, after his agent revealed last week that a dream £47m move to Real Madrid could now be off.
Finances are tight across the world of football, and mega-money deals that we’ve seen in previous years may now be a thing of the past. It is difficult to predict what state the top European clubs will be in when this crisis ends, and whether they will have the funds to secure the players they want.
So Van de Beek may well have finished his time at Ajax, but whether Real Madrid can afford to make his dreams come true in the summer remains to be seen.
Donny van de Beek is dreaming of a move to Real Madrid, but will they splash out £47million?
Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu can ‘fit in anywhere’, according to his current boss Dick Advocaat, who has hailed the 19-year-old talent.
Much like the rest on this list, his time playing in Holland may well be done, but his future is as yet unclear.
Sportsmail revealed last week that Arsenal have put in a bid for the young Turkish star, who joined Feyenoord from Groningen’s academy back in 2014.
He has been rated at around £23m and given the slightly smaller fee than the likes of Van de Beek, it is expected that a deal for the midfielder will go ahead in the coming months.
Of course, the same questions remain about when he’ll move, and when exactly he’ll be allowed to play, but a club of Arsenal’s stature will likely be able to pay a fee in the region of £20m when the current pandemic calms.
Orkun Kokcu has been linked with a number of top clubs, and Arsenal have even put a bid in
There are a number of huge clubs in for talented Ajax goalkeeper Onana, with Chelsea, Tottenham, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain among them.
The Cameroonian shot-stopper joined Barcelona at the age of 13 having spent time before that in the Samuel Eto’o Academy, and he previously admitted that the city is ‘his home’ as he talked up a move back there.
Chelsea, though, is another serious option given the fact his current team-mate Ziyech is heading there for next season. Sportsmail reported back in March that Ziyech was hoping to convince Onana to join him at Stamford Bridge.
The worry regarding that move is that Chelsea already have to fork out a significant fee for Ziyech and bringing in Onana would likely only be possible with a few sales, and probably that of Kepa Arrizabalaga, to raise the funds.
Chelsea and his former club Barcelona are both options for talented keeper Andre Onana
The current climate means that plenty of football agents will struggle to secure big moves for their clients in the coming months, but if one man can do it, it’s Mino Raiola.
Malen is on the books of the notorious super-agent, alongside the likes of Paul Pogba, meaning he is likely to have contact with some of the world’s biggest clubs in the coming months.
The former Arsenal talent – who left the Gunners for just £500,000 in 2017 – is now rated at around £48m, and is being linked with the north Londoners, as well as Barcelona and others.
Raiola’s close ties with Real Madrid mean that is potentially a more likely LaLiga destination for the wonderkid.
The 21-year-old has banged in 17 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions for PSV, and is recognised as one of the brightest prospects in Europe.
Certainly Arsenal will be regretting their decision to let him slip through their net, but a move in the summer is certainly not an impossibility.
The presence of super-agent Mino Raiola means Donyell Malen will likely get a big-money deal
Tagliafico cost Ajax just £8m in January 2018 but has now kicked on and is one of the most highly sought-after left-backs in world football.
The latest reports are that Barcelona have made him their No 1 transfer target to replace Junior Firpo, as they look to overhaul their full-backs in the summer.
Ajax, of course, cannot sell their whole squad and of the four players listed here, they are unlikely to sell them all… but money talks.
Perhaps more so in the current climate, too. If the right price is stumped up, plenty of clubs will have felt the pinch so much over the previous few months that they will likely be happy to cash in and get back on their feet.
Barcelona are said to be eyeing up Nicolas Tagliafico as they plan to overhaul their full-backs