Ajax's Justin Kluivert rules out Man United move 'for now'

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Justin Kluivert has been linked with a summer move to Manchester United.

Ajax youngster Justin Kluivert put a dampener on speculation suggesting he was close to agreeing a move to Manchester United.

“I have heard the rumours but I haven’t spoken to (Jose) Mourinho,” Kluivert said to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

“A move to Manchester United wouldn’t make sense, for now.”

Reports on Sunday had suggested that the two clubs would finalise a transfer by the end of this season, after Mourinho was spotted giving words of encouragement to Kluivert at the end of United’s 2-0 win over Ajax in last season’s Europa League final.

The United manager has known Kluivert since the 18-year-old was a boy, when his father and Dutch star Patrick Kluivert was at Barcelona during Mourinho’s tenure as an assistant coach there.

Mourinho himself poured cold water over the rumours. While not addressing speculation about Kluivert directly, Mourinho said after United’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield on Saturday that he would not be looking to sign any attacking players in the summer.

“We have (Juan) Mata, (Romelu) Lukaku, (Marcus) Rashford, (Anthony) Martial, (Jesse) Lingard, and Alexis (Sanchez), so I don’t want attacking players. So if you want to speculate in the summer you have to go to other areas because I’m really happy with the attacking players.

“It’s bad for you (the media) because you like to have things to write and speculate, especially in the summer, but I don’t want attacking players so don’t speak about attacking players that are coming here because nobody is coming here.”

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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is trying to force a move to European champions Real Madrid, according to Don Balon.

Los Blancos have been on the lookout for a goalkeeper since last summer and were heavily linked with rising Athletic Bilbao star Kepa Arrizabalaga during the January transfer window.

De Gea, on the other hand, is apparently eager to return home to Madrid where he of course previously plied his trade with Atletico.

Reportedly, the 27-year-old has told his agent he is open to holding talks with the Bernabeu club.

Rated as the arguably best goalkeeper in the Premier League, De Gea has been a lynchpin for the Red Devils over the past few seasons.

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Steve McClaren is in the frame to become Leeds’ new manager, according to the Daily Mirror. The paper says the former England boss was in the stands at Elland Road on Saturday and could be a contender for the job after Thomas Christiansen was sacked on Sunday night.

Manchester United are closing in on a deal for Justin Kluivert, the Daily Mirror reports. The club are reportedly in advanced talks with Ajax over the 18-year-old, and are ready to agree a fee of around £10million for the son of former Holland and Barcelona striker Patrick.

Liverpool could move to sign Jack Wilshere if he rejects a new deal at Arsenal, according to the Sun. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is ready to match Wilshere’s current salary if he can land him on a free this summer, the paper reports.

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Christian Pulisic is linked with a switch to the Premier League.

Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly looking to sign young Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic. The Daily Mirror says reports in Germany suggest the Premier League duo will join Bayern Munich in the race to sign the 19-year-old United States international.

Leicester reportedly want to replace Riyad Mahrez with Thorgan Hazard. The Sun says reports in Germany suggest the former Blues midfielder, and brother to Eden, is high on their shortlist as they plan for life without Algerian Mahrez.

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Mateo Kovacic: Manchester United are reported to be interested in the Real Madrid midfielder. The Manchester Evening News says reports in Spain suggest the club are one of four teams monitoring the 23-year-old, alongside Juventus, Inter Milan and Tottenham.

Andrija Zivkovic: Arsenal are reportedly eyeing up a move for the Benfica star. The Mirror says reports in Portugal have suggested that the Gunners watched the 21-year-old before he moved to Lisbon, and that officials are believed to have tracked his progress ahead of a possible summer move.

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