Ajax striker Kasper Dolberg’s agent Jens Steffensen has been discussing a his client’s potential move to Manchester United over the summer, noting that the Dane wants to remain with the Europa League runners up for at least another year.
But Dolberg, who claimed 23 goals and eight assists during his first season in Amsterdam, has responded to the rumours by insisting he wasn’t ready to make such a step up at this given time.
And Steffensen, speaking to Fussball Transfers, has noted that Dolberg has piqued the interest of all top European sides but will remain with Peter Bosz for another year.
“Nothing is concrete yet. He is currently preparing for the [Denmark] games against Germany and Kazakhstan,” he said.
“No club has submitted an offer to Ajax. I can tell you one thing – all the top European clubs have asked about him. But we haven’t seen any concrete or written offers yet. His goal is to stay at Ajax for another year.”
Mourinho’s triumph in Stockholm does not, of course, match the feats reached in Gelsenkirchen and Madrid with Porto and Inter Milan respectively.
With that said, the 54-year-old, just like with his past European triumphs, somewhat redefined the modern footballing parameters in his own image against Ajax.
He demonstrated to the watching world that his physical, tactically astute and indeed highly pragmatic approach still triumphs over the utopian exuberance of youth when placed in front of a global audience.
The Ajax board will resent him for dashing their chances of a first European trophy since the 1990s, but they will hate him for making their young starlets – a group of players with an average age of 23 who have captured the hearts and minds of neutrals over the past year – look far from ready for the big stage ahead of the transfer window.
Indeed, this is exactly what has happened with Dolberg. The Dane was a ghostly figure all evening, lacking the killer bite needed to take control of finals, and as a result the top clubs have held fire on breaking the bank for him must yet.
The Special One has made it clear to the footballing world that Ajax’s youngsters, and Dolberg specifically, whilst unequivocally promising, still require some time together before they can launch an assault on the big stage.