Manchester United and Arsenal go head to head for Ajax wonderkid
Arsenal and Manchester United are ready to fight for Ajax wonderkid Abdelhak Nouri, according to a report from Daily Mail.
Both the Premier League giants are said to be scouting the young attacking midfielder to make a move in January.
The teenage sensation, only 18, is being suggested as a promising talent in Dutch football and has already made his debut for the second team of Ajax in Holland’s second division. The young attacking midfielder has scored two goals with two assists in 10 matches for the Ajax Under-21 side in this term.
However, Arsenal looks like leading the race as chief scout Steve Rowley have made 3-4 trips to watch the player in motion that shows how much Wenger is interested in signing the teenager.
Arsene Wenger is desperate to reinforce his team with more options in the upcoming transfer window as a number of his key players are out with injury. With Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky all are currently injured, Arsenal’s race for the Premier League title is under severe threat.
But not only this two Premier League clubs, scouts from Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Everton also watched Nouri closely, according to Daily Mail. There is interest from other European clubs, with Ligue 1 sides Paris St Germain and Marseille linked with the Ajax player.
But Ajax reportedly are very keen to keep hold of their youngster, captain of both Ajax’s Under-19 side and Netherland’s.
If the 18-year-old attacking midfielder decides to make a move, it would be Arsenal his preferred destination as the Gunner’s track record of nurturing young talent over the years is quite impressive.
On the other hand, Manchester United have struggled to develop promising youngsters in recent seasons, with the current struggles of Adnan Januzaj is a clear warning to Nouri. However, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal’s close link to his former club Ajax could see the Nouri moving to Old Trafford.
Currently sitting third in the league table, United are going nice and steady in the Premier League this season but a large portion of the fans have become increasingly frustrated with Dutch manager Louis van Gaal’s strategy as the lack of goals hints serious concern. Also, United supporters are demanding more pace in the final third from van Gaal’s boys who so far are quite dull.
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