David Ornstein: Manchester United Given Green Light to Sign £40 Million Attacker – He’d Be a Difference-Maker

Mohammed Kudus, a target of Manchester United, Arsenal, and Newcastle this summer.

Manchester United are monitoring the situation of Ajax star Mohammed Kudus ahead of the summer transfer window, confirms The Athletic’s David Ornstein. The Red Devils engaged in a lot of transfer business with the Dutch club last summer, signing Lisandro Martinez and Antony from them.

Manchester United Interested in Mohammed Kudus Transfer; Face Competition From Arsenal and Newcastle United

United to Face Competition From Premier League Rivals Arsenal and Newcastle for Kudus

It is stated by Ornstein that Kudus has rejected a contract extension at Ajax and his current deal is set to expire in 2025, with the Dutch club well aware of the Ghana international star’s desire to leave them for a ‘bigger opportunity’ at the end of this season. Acting as something of a green light for United to swoop in and seal the deal, this can be seen as a major step forward for the club who spent much of last summer convincing another transfer target, Frenkie de Jong, to join them.

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Ornstein further claims that the Red Devils can expect to find stiff competition from Kudus, with Arsenal and Newcastle United also keeping an eye on his situation. It’s added that the 22-year-old is highly admired around Europe and there might be other sides who also have him on their summer transfer list.

Moreover, the recent history of Ajax’s policies has indicated that they aim to cash in on players rather than letting them leave for free. Ornstein claims that Ajax will want a fee of around £40 million to sell Kudus, but that could possibly change depending on which teams are vying for his acquisition.

Kudus Enjoying Brilliant Breakthrough Season

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The 22-year-old has proven himself as a really versatile, prolific player on all fronts this season, having played in multiple positions like midfield, the right-wing position as well as a centre-forward. Kudus had a pretty impressive debut FIFA World Cup campaign with Ghana last year, scoring two goals for them in the competition.

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He has also been enjoying an impressive season with Ajax despite their struggles in the Eredivisie. Kudus has scored 18 goals and provided six assists in 41 appearances for the Dutch club across all competitions, which includes an amazing goal at Anfield against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League group stages earlier this season. Kudus – who was hailed as a player who can make a difference by Ajax boss John Heitinga earlier this year – seems ready to take that big step forward in his career and it remains to be seen what is lying in the future for him.