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This Ajax player rejected a move to Manchester United this summer

By Harry Smith

This Ajax player rejected a move to Manchester United this summer

The 20-year-old impressed Erik ten Hag last season at Ajax

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Ever since he was appointed as Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag has been looking for new players in the transfer market that could reinforce the attack of the team. The Dutchman has been trying to fish from his former club Ajax throughout the summer. Now Ajax’s striker Brian Brobbey recently revealed that he rejected a move to Old Trafford.

“Erik ten Hag wanted to work with me again and he texted me on WhatsApp asking me if I was open to joining Manchester United, but I refused him kindly. I wanted to come back here at ajax. I have to succeed here”, he told Freek Jansen in an exclusive interview for the Netherlands news portal Voetbal International.

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There have been a lot of players from the current Eredivisie champions linked with the Red Devils this transfer window like Brian Brobbey, Edson Álvarez, Jurrien Timber, and obviously Antony, who currently has an agreement with United upon personal terms while the club is trying to buy him from Ajax who are asking for €100 million.

Brobbey was formed in Ajax’s academy and as he was going through the U-19 team and the Ajax B team, his contract ran out, and decided to try an adventure to Germany. He signed for RB Leipzig in 2021 but it didn’t quite work out. He was loaned back to the Eredivisie giants just six months later, returned to Leipzig, and now he has been sold back to Ajax permanently.

An exciting prospect

Last season while playing on loan with Ajax, he was coached by Erik ten Hag and scored 7 goals in 11 matches played in the Eredivisie. Those numbers are quite remarkable for someone who is only 20 years old, so of course, the new Manchester United manager wanted him to sign him this summer. The Dutch team ended up paying €16 million for the striker, so it wouldn’t have been that expensive.


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