Manchester United are close to agreeing a unique partnership agreement with Dutch giants Ajax.
Frank de Boer has admitted that a loan partnership between Ajax and Manchester United is a very interesting option which the club is considering, that could give United an edge over their rivals in the hunt for Ajax’s best players.
The deal seems to be quite a simple one; United will send some of their best young and fringe players on loan to Ajax and in return they could have first refusal over some of the players linked with moves away from the Dutch club.
If that is a partnership which United can get exclusivity over with Ajax, then it’s a fantastic deal for them considering some of the top quality players who have been linked with moves from Ajax in the recent past.
Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen, Viktor Fischer and many more stars who could all make United a much stronger squad and a much stronger proposition to their rivals.
What makes this agreement interesting and unique is the fact that both sides are big established European clubs. Generally this sort of agreement has been forged between a massive club and a smaller club.
It’s a huge risk for Ajax to take because every time they produce a player like Wesley Sneijder or a Jan Vertonghen, they will have to concede when United want to take a look at that player.
United are also fortunate that their former goalkeeper Edwin van der Saar is now working with his former club, which means United can use him to eradicate any fears that Ajax have which run along these lines.
He’s experienced enough to know that this relationship is one that can benefit Ajax in many ways as opposed to making them weaker.
Ajax are not going to turn into a feeder club because they are under no obligation to sell players to United who don’t want to move. If someone decides they want to move away, that’s when United can step in and take advantage of the partnership.
The Eredivisie is a greatly underrated league in the context of European football and it allows United to get a stronger hold in terms of their scouting network in the Netherlands.
It also potentially cuts off the supply line to their main rivals which is very important. Ajax shouldn’t have a problem selling players to United because of the fact they are not a rival in the Netherlands.
This is just another classic example of how United try and use savvy methods to give themselves in edge in other parts of the world and in this case, a club that is producing some of the most talented players in Holland for years.
How should United approach this partnership?
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