Man Utd boss ‘blocked’ from signing third Ajax star in summer transfer window - misses out on 20 y/o striker

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The Red Devils had already signed Lisandro Martinez and Antony from the Dutch side but couldn’t complete a deal for another of the Eredivise’s top players.

Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag was reportedly keen to sign Ajax striker Brian Brobbey this summer but any potential move to Old Trafford was “blocked” by the Dutch side.

According to Italian journalist and transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, ten Hag wanted to make the 20-year old the third summer recruit from his old club and held talks with the player.

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However, it is said that talks were short and that there were never any ‘concrete negotiations’ between United and the player.

Here is what has been reported about the Red Devils’ summer interest in the talented young forward:

Brobbey’s Man Utd move move ‘blocked’ by Ajax

As per a report in The Sun, which quotes Romano, Erik ten Hag spoke to Brobbey about a move to Old Trafford but that was quickly ‘blocked’ by Ajax.

He said: “Brian Brobbey has opened up about an approach from Ten Hag, and he’s made it clear in an interview with ESPN that he would love to play for United, but what really went on with these talks?

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“There was only one approach between Ten Hag and Brobbey but the player was already blocked by Ajax, it was never a concrete negotiation.

“As for the future, that will depend on Brobbey’s performances at Ajax, he needs to be regular and consistent.

“I think he’s a great talent but he has to prove his skills with a top-level season.”

Who is Brian Brobbey? Dutch striker linked with Man Utd

Brian Brobbey is a 20-year old striker who plays for Ajax.

The Dutchman, who was born in Amsterdam and came through the youth ranks at his hometown club, broke into the first team at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in 2018 as a teenager.

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Having previously turned out for B team Jong Ajax, he made 19 appearances across all competitions in his first season and scored six goals.

In the summer of 2021, Brobbey left Ajax to sign for German Bundesliga side RB Leipzig but only spent half a season with them where he made 14 appearances without scoring.

He then returned to Ajax on loan before completing a permanent return. On the international stage, Brobbey has turned out for The Netherlands at U15, U16 and U17 level.

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