Manchester United close in on deal with Ajax

by Sam Peoples

Ajax manager Frank de Boer has admitted that a loan partnership between Manchester United and Ajax is a ‘very interesting option’.

The partnership would see players from United loaned to Ajax to gain important football with the first team squad and although a plethora of transfers would be unlikely, with Ajax only likely to loan in areas they are in need of strengthening, it could potentially give our youth players a fantastic experience.

Do you think this partnership would be beneficial to Manchester United?

Speaking with Voetbal International, Frank de Boer said: “If a Manchester United talent would prefer to gain experience with Ajax than in the Championship, then it can be a very interesting option.”

De Boer’s quotes come less than a week after Rene Meulensteen admitted to Dutch newspaper AD that loaning out the younger players would be a good idea with van der Sar playing a big role in getting the partnership started.

“For our younger players it would be a good idea, rather play at Ajax than in the Championship, I’ll keep Edwin informed,” he said.

Now that Edwin van der Sar is working closely with Ajax, the move could prove extremely useful for both sides with the ex-United legend likely to play a key role if the partnership materialises.

This season, Ajax have had Barcelona’s highly coveted winger Cuenco on loan with the club and despite his injuries, De Boer is hopeful that the player will go back to Spain with ‘enthusiastic stories’.

Barcelona are expected to have a long standing loan partnership with Ajax due to the link that Marc Overmars provides, so the loan deal for Cuenca is likely to be the first of many.

Given Ajax’s globally renowned talent at creating and nurturing some of the worlds most talented players including Bergkamp, Cruyff, van Basten and Sneijder, a move would be a great experience for any United youngsters and likely more beneficial than a move to any Championship club.

Do you think this partnership would be beneficial to Manchester United?

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