Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is reportedly seeking a reunion with Ajax sensation Mohammed Kudus, as the Red Devils continue their search for a new attacking addition.
According to 90min, the Premier League giants are said to be ‘exploring’ a deal for the 22-year-old in the current window, with talks believed to have taken place regarding a move despite no offer having yet been lodged.
The Old Trafford outfit are said to be figuring out whether the Ghanaian international can be brought in on a loan-to-buy deal this month, with Ten Hag having only recently outlined his desire to get a new forward through the door.
This follows a previous report from The Athletic which claimed that the Dutchman ‘admires the skill and dynamism’ of the youngster, with the 21-cap gem one of the players that the club are seemingly considering to fill Cristiano Ronaldo’s void in attack.
This comes amid rumours that the top-four hopefuls are closing in on the loan signing of Crystal Palace goalkeeper, Jack Butland, having only recently seen Martin Dubravka return to parent club Newcastle United.
The addition of Kudus – who could reportedly have an asking price of around £40m – would no doubt spark excitement amongst the United fanbase, with the former Nordsjaelland ace having scored ten goals in just 21 games in all competitions so far this term for the Eredivisie side.
The fleet-footed “star boy” – as described by journalist Lawrence Baidoo – would also provide the benefit of having previously worked under Ten Hag during the latter man’s time in Amsterdam, while also offering the flexibility to feature through the middle, or in an attacking midfield berth if required.
That being said, however, there may well be concerns that Kudus’ arrival could mirror the signing of Brazilian starlet, Antony, with the £86m addition having yet to truly catch fire since his summer switch from Holland.
A young, emerging talent – like Kudus – the 22-year-old has endured something of a difficult transition to life in England, having scored just three goals and failed to provide a single assist in his 14 appearances so far this term.
Despite an initial hot streak, in which the winger scored in his first three Premier League games, the wing wizard has since been unable to maintain that early momentum, having failed to yet justify his hefty transfer fee.
As such, the Red Devils may have to consider the wisdom in recruiting another youthful and mercurial figure like Kudus, particularly with Ten Hag arguably in need of an out-and-out centre-forward who can hit the ground running.
The danger will be that Kudus could follow his former teammate, Antony, in needing a period of adaptation at the Theatre of Dreams, with that something that the club can ill-afford in their quest to secure Champions League qualification.