According to reports in the Dutch newspaper Voetbal Primeur, Ajax’s teenage sensation Kasper Dolberg was scouted by 30 clubs.
Dolberg joined Ajax from the Danish club Silkeborg IF in the summer of 2015, and after seeing his rapid progress in the youth academy, the Eredivisie giants offered him a new five-year contract, which he signed in May 2016.
The teenage starlet broke into the first team at the start of 2016-17 season, and has enjoyed an excellent breakthrough year, scoring 23 goals from 47 games across all competition.
His stellar performances have attracted Europe’s top clubs, and as per the reports in the Dutch newspaper, Manchester United were one of the 30 clubs that scouted the Danish striker during the Europa League final.
The Red Devils beat Ajax 2-0 in Stockholm to win the Europa League and secure Champions League Football next season. The inexperienced Dutch side were clearly outplayed by United, and the biggest disappointment on the night was the highly-rated Kasper Dolberg, who barely had a touch before getting substituted after an hour.
Although the striker had an off night and failed to carry his strong form, the scouts, who have been monitoring him throughout the campaign, would not have judged him on one bad performance.
Despite being strongly linked with Europe’s top clubs, Dolberg hinted earlier this month that a move to United and City may be a step too far for him at the moment.
“No, it’s too big a step to go to City or United now,” he told FourFourTwo.
“It’s important to keep on playing, as I don’t know what could happen in the future. I have not got a dream league. It’s important which kind of club is keen – in terms of playing style and also how it is at the club. You look at the whole package.”
Written by Pragadeesh Shanmugam
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