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Monday 29 May 2017

Ajax fifth of price

Ajax's Peter Bosz
Ajax's Peter Bosz

Ajax will field a side that cost just a fifth as much as Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba when the teams meet in the Europa League final on May 24.

The Dutch club will contest a European club competition decider for the first time in 21 years with a team assembled for an estimated E22million - a sum dwarfed by the world record E105m United paid for the French international midfielder.

The exploits of coach Peter Bosz's young team, the 'Bosz Babes', aged just under 23 on average, were hailed across the Netherlands after they held out for a 5-4 aggregate victory in France over Lyon.

Bosz, who played at arch-rivals Feyenoord, has reshuffled the team since replacing Frank de Boer at the start of the season. He has introduced teenage talent and worked hard to perfect an approach dubbed 'Totalfootball 2.0', with players switching constantly between attack and defence.

The match, in Stockholm, will be the first at that level for Ajax since they lost on penalties in Rome to Juventus in the 1996 Champions League decider.

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