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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.

Manchester United interested in Ajax star but a club legend is attempting to block the deal

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly interested in signing Ajax star Justin Kluivert. The 18-year-old is the son of Patrick Kluivert and seems to have the potential to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world. There was some speculation just under a year ago after United beat Ajax 2-0 in the final of the UEFA Europa League when Mourinho spoke to the then 17-year-old about his performance, which meant two and two must be put together to make five.

Kluivert has risen as one of the prospects from the Netherlands and a player that the many clubs will have their eye on, some just because of who his father was and how good he was. The player has been offered a new deal to remain at Ajax this summer, a deal which would make him the highest paid player at the Amsterdam club. However, reports suggest that Kluivert is ready to turn down the offer from his club and seek a career elsewhere, which could be some coup.

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, now the chief executive officer at Ajax has become involved, urging the 18-year-old to remain at the club to continue his development. At 18, the ceiling height in the Netherlands may seem low, especially when a player has a considerable amount of talent, despite it being raw, playing in one of the top leagues in Europe may help develop the player even more. Getting a deal for the player early may be some good business for United, even if they have to wait for him to develop fully.

This season, Kluivert has made a total of 34 appearances in all competitions for Ajax, playing a total of 2,540 minutes of football. He has scored ten times, assisting a further five goals. At his age, this will be great experience for him. Kluivert is a forward who has predominantly played on the left flank but can play on the right, an area that United need to find a proficient player for. Kluivert being just 18 is not really a big deal, especially if a move happens and he adapts in the Premier League.

Kluivert offers a lot to his team. Defensively, (per 90 minutes) he averages 1.1 tackles, 0.3 interceptions, and 0.1 clearances. In an attacking sense, which is what he does better, the 18-year-old offers an average (per 90 minutes) of 2.6 shots, 1.6 key passes, 2.7 dribbles, losing the ball due to a bad touch 2.5 times. He is fouled 1.4 times, dispossessed 1.3 times and is found offside 0.1 times. His passing is 87.2%, which for an attacking player is very good.

I would like to see Tahith Chong come into the Manchester United first team before I saw another player in a similar position brought into the club, especially a young player but Kluivert will be a player who will have the eyes of all of the top clubs in Europe and if United are first to make a deal for the 18-year-old, it could be a coup for the Old Trafford club. There is obviously a lot that needs to happen before anything can come of this rumour, not to mention the fact that Mino Raiola is the player’s agent, which might be a disadvantage.

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