Manchester United will be in a three-way race to sign Ajax star Kenneth Taylor next summer. That is according to the Dutch giants’ ex-boss Aad de Mos, who expects Taylor to be a “revelation” at the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
The 20-year-old defensive midfielder has been a regular for Ajax so far this season after a breakthrough campaign last term. And his performances earned him a call-up to Louis van Gaal’s Holland squad for the first time earlier this month.
He could make his debut against Poland this evening (Thursday) in the first of two Nations League matches for Holland in the international break. United boss Erik ten Hag will know Taylor well having given him his professional debut when in charge of Ajax.
Ten Hag returned to his former club by signing Lisandro Martinez and Antony in the summer. De Mos is a huge fan of Taylor and believes he will make an immediate impact on the international scene.
He believes Taylor will stay at Ajax for the rest of the season. But he then expects United, as well as Real Madrid and Barcelona, to compete for his signature.
De Mos told VoetbalNieuws: “He will be the revelation of the Oranje at the World Cup. He is already one of the best players on the field at Ajax.
“He will stay for another year after this, then it will be Barcelona, Real Madrid or Manchester United. If there are two buses parked in front of him, he knows how to make the right choices towards the strikers or players in his area.
“And he is two-footed. If the team is compact, you don’t have to be afraid. He has an iron will to defend and has a good head. A very talented player.”
Taylor came through the academy at Ajax and made his senior Eredivisie debut in December 2020. He started just five league matches in Ten Hag’s final season in charge.
However, the departure of several key players in the summer has led to Taylor being given a chance under new boss Alfred Schreuder. He has started six of the seven league games this term, as well as both Champions League group stage matches.
Ten Hag confirmed before the international break he is already looking at potential signings for the upcoming transfer windows. And according to De Mos, Taylor could be one of them.