Manchester United are in pole position to land Ajax whizkid Daishawn Redan, after the Dutch giants confirmed he will be leaving this summer.
Redan, who only turned 16 last month, has been monitored by United for over a year.
The Red Devils believed that they had missed out on the striker young star last month, after Redan declared he would “definitely” sign a new contract at the Amsterdam ArenA.
However those talks have stalled in recent weeks, with Redan wanting a first-team guarantee for next season – and Ajax refusing to hand him one.
Now the young striker, a Dutch Under-17 international, will leave the club this summer.
“We have mapped out a path for him and held in-depth discussions with him and his management,” declared Ajax youth coach Said Ouaali.
“That there is no agreement is extremely regrettable; obviously they have something else on their minds.
“We have made every effort to maintain a great talent as Daishawn for the club but at some point it stops. We wish him all the best with the rest of his career.”
Redan, who has been with Ajax since the age of eight, was first brought to the attention of United during Louis van Gaal’s reign, by scout Henny De Regt.
In December he was invited to the club’s Carrington training ground and talks over a potential switch, as United looked to tap into the path that has taken both Millen Baars and Timothy Fosu-Mensah from Amsterdam to Manchester.
And while there is also reported interest from RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain, Redan has this week admitted that a move to Old Trafford particularly appeals.
“I hear a lot of rumours around me and I will not deny that there are clubs that are interested,” he told Voetbal International.
“Manchester United is a very nice and good club of course and I must admit that I am interested in an adventure like that.”