Ajax Justin Kluivert

Italian giants set to pip Tottenham to Justin Kluivert signing

According to France Football, Tottenham Hotspur have fallen behind AS Roma in the race to land Ajax prodigy Justin Kluivert.

Prodigious talent

Kluivert, a versatile 19-year-old attacker who generally plays on the wing, came up through the youth ranks at Ajax, before breaking into the first-team of the Eredivisie giants in 2016.

And Kluivert has since gone on to establish himself as one of the most highly-regarded starlets in the recent memory of Dutch football, with the pace, dribbling abilities and eye for goal possessed by the teen having already caught the eye of a number of Europe’s biggest clubs.

He racked up 10 goals and 5 assists across 30 league outings this season.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – JANUARY 21: Justin Kluivert of Ajax in action during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenoord at Amsterdam ArenA on January 21, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is a known admirer of the talents of the once-capped Oranje international, but it was the Red Devils’ Premier League rivals Tottenham who were rumoured to have taken the lead in the race for Kluivert over recent weeks.

After reports emerged that Ajax were attempting to finalise a deal with Spurs without having even informed Kluivert himself, though, the youngster made the decision that he would certainly move on this summer, but, seemingly, not to North London.

Italy bound?

As per the aforementioned report from France Football, Serie A outfit Roma are currently engaged in advanced negotiations with Kluivert’s agent Mino Raiola, ahead of an imminent switch to the Stadio Olimpico.

Kluivert is of course the son of legendary former Ajax and Barcelona striker Patrick, who is the current director of football at Ligue 1 giants PSG.

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