Manchester United has been linked to a lucrative transfer for Mohamed Kudus.
The 22-year-breakthrough old’s season at Ajax has given rise to rumors of an Old Trafford reunion with his former manager Erik ten Hag.
Since becoming United’s manager in the summer, the Dutchman has twice brought in players from his previous team, including Lisandro and Antony Martinez.
We shine a light on Kudus and consider where he might fit in at the Premier League giants ahead of Ajax’s KNVP Beker quarterfinal matchup against De Graafschap on Thursday night.
The Ghanaian international has established himself as a key player for the team in his third season with Ajax.
The first two seasons of Kudus, led by Ten Hag, saw a slew of injuries after moving from the Danish Superliga team Nordsjaelland in 2020.
Yet, while he was accessible, he appeared frequently. Ajax employed him as an attacking midfielder or in a deeper position, despite the fact that he had played as a striker in his final season in Denmark.
Kudus has excelled this year when playing more forward. Alfred Schreuder, Ten Hag’s successor, employed him as a striker or No. 10.
The versatile ace has been used on the right of the attack to great effect since he was fired and replaced by John Heitinga, and it might be in this position that he helps United with a problem.
In his seven appearances under Heitinga, Kudus began on the right side and scored five of his 16 goals for Ajax this season.
In the World Cup, Ghana also deployed him in this position, and he scored twice in the 3-2 victory over South Korea.
Last year, Antony, Ten Hag’s go-to right winger at Ajax, accompanied the manager to Old Trafford in a transfer deal that might ultimately cost as much as £86 million.
Since moving, the Brazilian has been unpredictable. He has six goals in 26 appearances, displaying glimpses of his potential, but hasn’t yet demonstrated that he can regularly produce a finished good.
Although Kudus’ versatility could allow him to serve in a variety of capacities at United, the team’s ongoing problems on the right side make that position seem to be where he would be most effective.
Simply the Best
Legendary former Ajax striker Marco van Basten has no doubts as to whether Kudus or Antony is the better option.
When quizzed on the subject, the Dutch international said: “I find Mohammed Kudus a much better football player than Antony.
“Antony has his skills, but he is confused with the things he is trying to do. Kudus has much better technique and he knows what he is doing. Antony may be faster, but Kudus is smarter and more technical.
“He is much more of a footballer, you can place him anywhere on the pitch, an all-rounder for the team.”
Kudus has already replaced Antony in the Ajax team and there is now the possibility that he will soon do so again at United.
The signing of Kudus looks like something of a no-brainer for any of Europe’s major clubs.
He may add more consistency to their attack’s right side if he were to join United. He would, however, also offer helpful cover in a number of midfield positions, even as a striker.
He currently has a lot to accomplish at Ajax because they are currently third in the Eredivisie, three points behind Feyenoord, and a win tonight would put them in the semifinals.
From a personal standpoint, Kudus is vying to be the league’s leading scorer. That would be a significant accomplishment in a season where he has been moved around many positions.
Jordan Ayew equals John Paintsil’s Ghana record
After earning his 91st appearance against the Central African Republic in the final round of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, Jordan Ayew hit a significant milestone in his Ghanaian career.
The 31-year-old gained further honors when he assumed leadership of the team in the absence of his brother Andre Ayew. He entered Ghana’s encounter with his head held high after winning the Crystal Palace Player of the Month award for August.
Mohammed Kudus’ outstanding free-kick goal and Ernest Nuamah’s late goal for the Black Stars—who was making only his second appearance—in the 88th minute helped Ghana, led by Jordan Ayew, come from behind to defeat their opponents 2-1.
In terms of Ghanaian internationals with the most outings, Jordan Ayew is now tied for fourth place with Andre Ayew (114), Asamoah Gyan (109), and Richard Kingson (93).
The former Olympique Marseille player declared after the game that he was prepared to raise his total with other contests.
He added, “I still have games left to play.”
Ayew, who has played for the squad consistently since his debut in 2010, has scored 19 goals and is expected to play a bigger role in Ghana’s upcoming games, including those in the 2026 World Cup qualifications and the 2023 AFCON competition, which will take place in Ivory Coast next year.
Neymar claims Saudi league could top Ligue 1 already
According to Brazilian captain Neymar, the football league in Saudi Arabia may already be more competitive than Ligue 1 in France.
The 31-year-old attacker left Paris Saint-Germain in August for approximately £77.5 million with add-ons for the Saudi Pro League.
In a transfer window that saw Saudi teams spend more than £700 million on foreign players, Neymar signed with Al-Hilal.
I wouldn’t be astonished if the Saudi league is superior to the French, he remarked, given the names that were sent to Saudi Arabia.
According to data from the football governing organization Fifa, Saudi clubs’ spending on foreign agreements this summer was second only to the Premier League, whose teams spent just under £1.6bn on foreign transactions.
Although Al-Ittihad was unable to lure Mohamed Salah away from Liverpool, other Premier League players, including Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino, and Fabinho, moved to Saudi Arabia.
Karim Benzema of Real Madrid, Georginio Wijnaldum of PSG, and Sadio Mane of Bayern Munich were also courted by Saudi clubs.
Marcelo Brozovic, the captain of Inter Milan in the Champions League final, Franck Kessie of Barcelona, Jota of Celtic, and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic of Lazio are among more players who have made the move to the Saudi Pro League.
A brand-new transfer world record might have also occurred. After making a £259 million offer, PSG allowed Al-Hilal to speak with Kylian Mbappe. However, the forward chose to stay with the French champions, and Neymar was instead sold.
Although Neymar’s tenure in Paris was limited by ankle ailments after transferring from Barcelona for a record sum of £200 million in 2017, he assisted PSG in winning five Ligue 1 championships.
While representing Brazil internationally, Neymar said: “I can promise you that Saudi Arabian football is the same. We have goalposts, and the ball is spherical.
“There is no mystery. There, we practice hard because we still have a strong desire to win.
“I want Al-Hilal to win championships. Not much has changed.
Saudi Pro League, according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, poses a greater threat than not.
The Saudi deadline, which ended over a week after the top leagues in Europe, drew criticism from a number of Premier League managers.
Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, stated last week that the Saudi Pro League felt more dangerous than not. According to Klopp, it’s important to “protect the game and ensure that European leagues remain as strong as they are.”
Henderson, a staunch ally of the LGBTQ+ community, claimed that criticism of his transfer had “really hurt” him.
Given that same-sex sexual conduct is prohibited in Saudi Arabia, some LGBTQ+ activists have questioned his decision.
Richard Ofori and Jordan Ayew train with the Black Stars in Kumasi
Prior to their upcoming encounter against Central African Republic (CAR), Black Stars teammates Richard Ofori and Jordan Ayew arrived in Kumasi in time for their team’s first training session.
After landing in Kumasi, the team held their first practice at the Baba Yara Stadium with 24 players present (Joseph Paintsil was not there).
when previously reported by DEK360ghana, the squad held its first practice on Monday in Accra with only approximately 12 players present. However, most of the players eventually joined when they traveled from the capital to Kumasi.
While his teammates continue to train in Kumasi in preparation for the crucial encounter, Paintsil is the only unfit player who is considered present in Accra.
However, because the event was intended to be private, access to the Baba Yara Stadium was refused to both media and spectators.
As the pivotal game in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier approaches, the team is slated to hold another practice that will likely be accessible to the media.
Ghana must either win or draw to qualify for the tournament, which will be hosted by Ivory Coast’s neighbors the following year, while CAR must win in order to advance.
The game kicks off on Thursday at the Baba Yara Stadium at 16:00GMT