Ajax forward Justin Kluivert has said he would be tempted by the prospect of a move to the Premier League, although he also reaffirmed his admiration for Barcelona.
The youngster has made tremendous recent progress, and speculation has started about a possible move to one of European football’s biggest clubs, including Manchester United.
When asked about where he’d like to go in the future, Kluivert said a number of clubs in England would appeal to him as well as the two biggest teams in La Liga.
“If you get a nice offer, you never know,” he said to Helden (h/t Goal). “England appeals to me: Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea or Manchester United are nice clubs where I can see myself playing in a few years.”
It was reported by John Richardson of the Daily Mirror earlier this year that United were in “advanced talks” to sign the forward, with manager Jose Mourinho said to be a big fan.
Kluivert went on to say “Barcelona is in my heart” and, despite the rivalry between the two clubs, “Who am I to say no to Real Madrid?” The Ajax man’s affinity with the Blaugrana is linked to his father, Patrick, who spent six years at the Camp Nou and won the La Liga title in 1998-99.
The younger Kluivert has burst onto the scene lately, having excelled in glimpses in 2016-17. Now he’s a first-team regular with the Eredivisie giants following a string of promising displays. As noted by OptaJohan earlier in the campaign, the forward has already accomplished something his father couldn’t:
While comparisons between father and son will always be there, the current Dutch star is stylistically different to his dad.
The younger Kluivert is typically stationed out on the left flank, where he is given freedom to stay forward and roam across the attacking line. From there his technical quality, burst of speed and composed decision making has made him so difficult to halt in the Netherlands top flight.
There’s been an end product to his play too, with six goals and four assists already notched in the Eredivisie. The Scouted Football account suggested that Kluivert has the talent to go to the very top:
If there was interest from any of the sides aforementioned, it wouldn’t be a surprise, as Kluivert is one of Europe’s best prospects.
United have been strongly linked, and the youngster is the type of player that recent great Red Devils sides have been packed with. Not only is there pace and directness in his play, his fearlessness would potentially see him fit in well at Old Trafford.
Still, there’s a long way to go before any move of this type materialises, and it appears as though of all of Europe’s grand football clubs, the teenager would prefer to move to Barca at this point.
A move of such profile in the coming summer would surely be a little too early for Kluivert, though, as his game remains somewhat raw. Getting regular football and developing at Ajax, for another season at least, is surely the smartest course of action at this point.
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