Manchester United have beaten rivals Arsenal and Chelsea to sign the highly-rated Ajax wonderkid, Millen Baars.
Baars, one of the best youth products of Ajax, was monitored by various European clubs. However, the 16-year-old wonderkid snubbed all the interested parties, including Arsenal and Chelsea, to sign for Manchester United.
Baars’ father has now confirmed their deal with United in an interview with Dutch newspaper. As per the latest reports, Baars now only awaits the international clearance.
“We have had talks with Ajax that were between Millen and the club,” his father told Dutch newspaper Noordhollands Dagblad.
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The teenager has already featured for United’s U16s along with DJ Buffonge, Tahith Chong, Lee O’Connor, Nishan Burkart, and Joshua Bohui. All these young players joined the United academy in the last 12 months.
“Ajax is a great club with a very good youth, but they can unfortunately not cope so very well. You saw in the past with other youth players who now play at other clubs. But Millen was ready for a different challenge,” said Baars’ father.
“He played nine seasons in Amsterdam and he has always had the dream to play football in England. There was interest from Italy, Portugal and England, but when he was at Chelsea and United to look, he knew he wanted to play in Manchester. He did not even see Arsenal, his choice was made.”
Baars is a midfielder who can play on both the wings, and also as an attacking midfielder. He followed Tahith Chong’s footsteps to join United, and is expected to play for Kieran McKenna’s United Under-18s regularly since January.