It is thought that Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has his sights set on reuniting with Ajax sensation Mohammed Kudus as the Red Devils look to bolster their attacking options. Kudus is currently playing for Ajax.
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Andy Mitten of The Athletic reports that the Dutchman is believed to be a fan of the Ghanaian international player due to the youngster’s’skill and dynamism.’ The Dutchman is reported to be a fan of the 22-year-old because he was the player’s former coach when he was living in Amsterdam.
The story also adds that a new striker acquisition is a ‘priority’ for the Old Trafford club ahead of the January transfer window. This is due to the fact that the attacking ranks of the Red Devils have been considerably depleted following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from the club last month.
Any deal for the former Nordsjaelland man, who was the subject of a £15m offer from Everton over the summer, will likely not come cheap, however, as reports from earlier this month suggested that the Eredivisie giants could demand a fee of approximately £40m for Kudus. Any deal for the player will likely not come cheap.
Masterclass performed again by Martinez.
The 52-year-old Ten Hag has already plundered his former employers during his career with United. During the summer transfer window, the South American combo Lisandro Martinez and Antony were acquired by United from Ten Hag’s previous club, Manchester United.
Samuel Luckhurst, a journalist for the Manchester Evening News, dubbed Martinez, an aggressive center-back, the “player of the season” for the club through the first few months of the campaign. This success can be attributed in large part to the transfer of Martinez, who has proven to be particularly fruitful in the early months of the campaign.
The Argentine’s suitability for the Premier League was questioned early on, with Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher stating that the 24-year-old “can’t work” in the center of defense. However, the 5 foot 9 ace has gone on to be a relative ever-present this season, starting all 14 of United’s top-flight games. Despite these initial reservations, the Argentine has gone on to be a relative ever-present.
The World Cup winner, who has been called a “animal” by compatriot Emi Martinez, has notably averaged 1.9 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game in the Premier League this season. According to Ian Wright, he has added real “quality” to United’s backline. The World Cup winner also won the tournament in Brazil in 2014.
It is hoped that the integration of Kudus into the team would result in a performance comparable to that of Martinez. The fleet-footed attacker has been outstanding for the Netherlands in recent times, scoring ten goals and recording two assists in just 21 games across all competitions this season, including six goal involvements in just six games played in the Champions League.
The highly-rated “star youngster,” as one source referred to him, also drew attention as a result of his performances for his country in Qatar in recent weeks, most notably scoring twice in the exhilarating 3-2 triumph over South Korea in the group stage.