Saturday, 18th August, 2012
PSV Eindhoven manager Dick Advocaat has insisted that the sales of Vurnon Anita to Newcastle United and Luuk de Jong to Borussia Monchengladbach have set the bar this summer, and mean striker Ola Toivonen will not be sold on the cheap.
Toivonen is ready to exit the Philips Stadion and Advocaat will sell him, but only for the right price and only to a top club, where he believes the striker should end up. Indeed, the former Rangers manager is keen that the Sweden star should not leave for a mid-table outfit.
"Toivonen is an excellent player", the PSV boss told De Telegraaf.
"If he has a top season then he can really go to a top European club. A player with his qualities should not go to a mid-table club somewhere abroad. That makes absolutely no sense."
And Advocaat then laid down ground rules on how much Toivonen should cost, believed to be around €14M, using Anita and De Jong as examples of why he should not be cheap.
"With all due respect, if clubs paid €8.5M for Vurnon Anita and €15M for Luuk de Jong, then that money has to be paid for Toivonen."
The 26-year-old landed at PSV in 2009, joining from Swedish outfit Malmo.
PSV are believed to has splashed out around €4.5M to secure the striker’s signature and will surely realise a healthy profit when he is eventually sold.
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