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Manchester United: Mohammed Kudus wants Old Trafford move

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Manchester United target Mohammed Kudus “would love” a move to Old Trafford, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Lowdown: Interest in Kudus

Kudus has enjoyed a fantastic season at Ajax as well as an impressive World Cup campaign that saw him shine despite Ghana failing to reach the knockout stages.

The 22-year-old has captured interest from the Premier League, with Everton and Liverpool most prominent amongst the list of parties monitoring him.

According to The Telegraph in December, Kudus has appeared on United’s shortlist as an alternative to Jude Bellingham.

The Latest: O’Rourke’s comments

However, a move in January looks severely unlikely, with a price tag of over £35m reported by the Daily Star seemingly out of the reach of the Red Devils this month.

Nonetheless, O’Rourke told GiveMeSport that the Ghanaian would massively welcome the chance to play on the biggest stage at a club like United.

He said: “I think a club like Manchester United comes calling for you, you’re going to have to be interested in it. I’m sure Kudus would love that opportunity to join one of the world’s biggest clubs, he wants to play on the biggest stage possible.

“He showed he can rise to the occasion as he has done for Ajax in the Champions League this season as well as Ghana at the World Cup when he was arguably their best player.”

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The Verdict: Exciting option

United’s public chases of Bellingham and Frenkie de Jong show that Erik ten Hag still wants to add more quality to the engine room following the arrivals of Christian Eriksen and Casemiro.

Kudus would give that option as well as his tactical flexibility, offering Ten Hag the possibility to use the star across the forward line where he’s played 14 times this season and scored eight goals.

The Ghanaian, who was dubbed the ‘best player’ at the World Cup by compatriot Kevin-Prince Boateng, is no stranger to Ten Hag, having featured 25 times last campaign under the Dutchman, but his levels have improved this season with him only bagging six goals compared to a tally of 10 already this term, meaning he’s in the top 8% for goals amongst forwards at a similar level over the past year (via FBref).

It’ll be surprising to see him top Ten Hag’s shopping list with a No 9 seemingly a priority, but Kudus does represent a great prospect.

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