Ajax winger Millen Baars has confirmed that he has moved to Manchester United after agreeing a deal in principle with the club earlier this year.
The 16-year-old, who can also feature in central midfield, was spotted by scout Marcel Bout during his time under Louis van Gaal.
As one of the few coaches part of Van Gaal’s team to retain their place, Bout continued to track the Dutchman, who expressed a desire to leave back in January.
And Baars has confirmed the switch by changing his Instagram bio to “Footballer at Manchester United”.
If you were to choose one academy from which to handpick future talents, nobody would be above Ajax on the list.
There exists an atmosphere at Ajax’s academy that does more than breed good footballers; it actively encourages youngsters to develop as individuals as well. Daley Blind, for one, is an effortlessly classy figure both on and off the pitch.
Baars comes from the same conveyor belt that produced a healthy portion of the Ajax team Man United ended up comfortably dismissing in Stockholm back in May.
He will be keen on following the footsteps of Timothy Fosu-Mensah – another Ajax academy graduate – by breaching United’s first team squad over the next couple of years.