Ajax looking to sign Japanese defender Hiroki Ito from VfB Stuttgart

According to De Telegraaf, Ajax are looking to sign VfB Stuttgart defender Hiroki Ito. Technical director Sven Mislintat worked as Stuttgart’s sporting director before joining Ajax in May. Now, he wants to be reunited with Hiroki Ito. The 24-year-old left-footed centre-back is said to be valued at around €16m.

Ito joined Stuttgart from Júbilo Iwata in 2021. Initially, he joined the club on loan, but after impressing during his first season in Germany, the club made the move permanent. The 10-time Japan international has featured 68 times for Stuttgart. Ito can play in the centre of defence, as a left-back or even as a defensive midfielder. His versatility will certainly be a factor in Ajax’s decision to try and bring him to the Johan Cruyff Arena.

The €16m price tag could make the deal difficult for the Dutch giants, who are close to signing Manchester City wonderkid Carlos Borges for a similar price. Ajax have other players on their shortlist in case they can’t sign Hiroki Ito.

GBeNeFN Hugo Hargreaves

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