Man United in pole position of signing Dutch forward as player eyes summer move

Former Manchester United goalkeeper and Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar admits the Dutch club may be unable to prevent Justin Kluivert from leaving this summer.

The 18-year-old youngster is one of the most promising prospects in Europe and has been linked with a move to Man United for the best part of a year, with Jose Mourinho having known the youngster since he was a child.

It was reported recently that Kluivert was being blocked from leaving Ajax by Van der Sar, who wants the young forward to continue developing in Amsterdam.

During his interview, Van der Sar said: ‘We have been talking for 10 months now [about a renewal], and we are a bit done with it all now.

‘He is difficult to keep. His agent [Raiola] pushes him towards the exit, which is a shame. ‘It is not our intention to let players aged 18 or 19 leave the club. That is not the philosophy of Ajax.’

Kluivert’s contract only has one more year left to run and the Dutch giants risk losing him for nothing next summer unless they sell him now.

Jose Mourinho – who worked with Justin’s father, Patrick, at Barcelona – is a big fan of Kluivert, and sent the rumour mill into overdrive when he chatted to the attacker after the Red devils beat Ajax in last season’s Europa League final.