Mour­inho sets his sights on Ajax’s Kluiv­ert

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

José Mour­inho is tar­get­ing Ajax’s Justin Kluiv­ert this sum­mer, with the 19-year-old favour­ing a move to Manch­ester United.

Kluiv­ert, the son of the for­mer Barcelona and Nether­lands cen­tre-for­ward Pa­trick, has been in con­tract dis­cus­sions with Ajax. It is un­der­stood talks have bro­ken down be­cause of his de­mand to be the high­est-paid player at the club.

Kluiv­ert scored 10 goals in 30 league games this sea­son and be­lieves he de­serves fresh terms to re­flect his grow­ing sta­tus. Kluiv­ert likes to play as a wide for­ward and can op­er­ate on ei­ther wing.

Mour­inho’s in­ter­est casts fur­ther doubt over the fu­ture of An­thony Mar­tial.

Mour­inho said Romelu Lukaku may be fit enough for a place on the bench for next Satur­day’s FA Cup fi­nal against Chelsea. The striker has missed United’s past two matches.

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