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Manchester United joined by Spurs and Roma in the chase for Justin Kluivert

Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Roma are all interested in signing Ajax forward Justin Kluivert this summer, according to reports. The 19-year-old has 12 months left on his current contract this summer and has confirmed that he will not be renewing at the Dutch club. This has led to reports that he will leave this summer, or possible on a free in a years time. It is obvious that some of the biggest clubs in Europe will be interested in signing the attacking player, who has shown his skills and abilities at the club over the years.

Kluivert spoke to Dutch news source Volkskrant last week confirming that he would not sign a new deal with the club, suggesting that it has not been the best period of his life. He stated that Ajax tried to sell him to Spurs, all without his knowledge, something which he said he heard at the last minute. It does not seem to make him sound too happy at the club, which is something that will reinforce the rumours that suggest he will leave. Kluivert said:

“I’m not renewing my contract at Ajax. Too much has happened. The decreasing morale, lack of confidence, trying to sell me to Tottenham without me knowing. I heard about that at the last minute. That says nothing about Ajax, but about the people in the club.”

France Football has claimed that Serie A club Roma are now monitoring the situation and it has been suggested that the club has been in contact with the player’s agent, Mino Raiola. Eusebio di Francesco’s team finished third in the league this season, therefore offering UEFA Champions League football next season. Both Spurs and United can offer the player the same though, so it may not be a battle that seems obvious right now. Kluivert will go to the club that offers him the best route to playing time.

The report by The Sun states that Jose Mourinho will look to sign Kluivert if Anthony Martial leaves the club this summer. It is funny how his name keeps popping up in transfer rumours. Many blame Mourinho for the fact Martial was not picked by France for the FIFA World Cup this summer, which is pathetic as when Martial has played, he does not offer much to the side. On Saturday, after coming on in the FA Cup final, the performance the Frenchman gave was pathetic and suggested all was not right.

If Martial had put in the effort when it was needed this season, it could have been a different story for him. It is said that Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and Juventus are all monitoring Martial’s situation this summer, and he does have the time to sort out a transfer, after his holidays, if that is something he wants to do. It would be a shame to see him leave the club, but that will be on him, not United.

Kluivert player 30 times for Ajax this season, scoring ten goals. He is a talent and one which would be raw in places. Not a ready-made player to step into the limelight. United need experience this summer, which is something midfielder Nemanja Matic has called for, but a mixture of youth and experience is the right thing for the club. United’s experienced players, well some of them, have let the club down this season with Mourinho having players he trusts in his team, also some that he doesn’t.

This summer is going to be an important one for United, one that will need to be conducted correctly. The manager will need to be backed by the club and by the fans. Some fans want a chance of manager, which would set the club back a few years again with a whole new philosophy and a way of doing things to be learned, players to come and go and a period of transition to start again. United need stability more than ever right now, with some patience from the supporters to be added too, not discontent from far away fans who spend little or nothing to support the club.

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