Man Utd ready to gazump Ajax for £15m starlet
Manchester United are reportedly ready to gazump Ajax to sign promising young forward Kamaldeen Sulemana.
The Ghana winger notched four goals and six assists for Nordsjaelland in Superligaen last season and was thought to be heading to Ajax having confirmed a bid had been made for him last month, said to be of around £15million.
“I know there is a bid from Ajax. And that’s what I can say,” he told B.T.
“Unfortunately, I can not answer further questions, because I can not go into deeper details. But there has been a bid.”
The deal looked as good as done, with some outlets suggesting a transfer had already been secured and others claiming he had flown to Holland to sign a contract and arrange a medical.
But official confirmation was not forthcoming and an Instagram poste from Sulemana showed him back in Denmark training in Nordsjaelland’s stadium.
Reports back in May claimed Manchester United hold an interest and football director John Murtough had been in talks with the 19-year-old.
And journalist Mike Verweij, speaking on De Telegraaf podcast (via Soccer News), suggests Manchester United are attempting to gazump the Dutch side.
“It’s a complicated story. Ajax are out with Nordsjaelland, but Manchester United seem to be too,” Verweij said.
“That boy is in Amsterdam in the Jaz Hotel next to the ArenA, pending an agreement between Ajax and his agent about a personal contract.
“After that he can be examined (medical), but that exam from what I’ve heard was postponed to Saturday.”
A similar situation occurred in August 2017 with Richarlison. The Brazilian was said to be heading for Ajax before Watford intervened and the forward, now at Everton, ending up in the Premier League with the Hornets.
“That could be time wasting. I’m afraid that Ajax must fear a Richarlison,” added Verwwij.
“It will probably be much more interesting for that agent to go to Manchester United with Sulemana. The commissions in England are even higher than at Ajax, but I don’t know whether that is also in the player’s interest.”