Man Utd ‘targeting shock free transfer for Ajax wonderkid Amourricho van Axel Dongen, 18, after failed Chelsea move | The Sun
MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly plotting a free transfer swoop for Ajax wonderkid Amourricho van Axel Dongen.
The 18-year-old Dutch forward has been on the radar of the Red Devils, rivals Man City and Chelsea for several years.
Back in 2020 he snubbed interest from Stamford Bridge and instead committed himself to Ajax until 2023.
Van Axel Dongen has been offered a new four-year extension to stay with the Dutch club but he and his representatives have so far snubbed the terms offered.
And that has sparked United into life, reports Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
United are allegedly monitoring the situation with a close eye and could launch a summer swoop for the starlet.
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Boss Erik ten Hag already knows the youngster well from his time in charge of him in Amsterdam.
And the Old Trafford chief is desperate to bolster his attack in the summer, with Harry Kane his No1 transfer target.
Van Axel Dongen is usually deployed on the wing and even though he is yet to establish himself in the first-team he is still rated highly by Ajax.
The ace, and his representatives, know that United will be able to offer a better package financially.
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And Ten Hag’s history of giving youngsters an opportunity at senior level could also prove to be equally as enticing.
But United are not the only ones expecting to be in the chase to land him for nothing as a free agent.
This fresh update states that they are “one of the clubs informed on the situation” – which could lead to a transfer scramble.
Van Axel Dongen was awarded the Abdelhak Nouri trophy, given to the best talent in Ajax’s youth academy each season, in the 2020-21 campaign.
The Dutch U18 international has so far only featured once for the Dutch club’s first-team in Eredivisie.
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