Chelsea and Manchester United could rekindle interest in Ajax attacker


England friendly may provide the Premier League with a showcase of the Ajax man’s talents.

Chelsea and Manchester United may use England’s newly-announced friendly with Denmark to assess long-term transfer target Viktor Fischer ahead of a mooted summer move for the highly-rated youngster. The Ajax forward previously ruled out a move to the Premier League before the start of the season, explaining in an interview that he needed more time to develop as a player.

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'I have a lot to learn in Amsterdam,' he told reporters back in May, as quoted by Four Four Two. 'I have accomplished nothing here. It would be arrogant if I thought I was done here.'

But despite dismissing a move at that stage, it is widely thought that Ajax would be willing to listen to offers for the player next, rather than wait and risk seeing one of their major playing assets leave for a reduce fee.

Fischer notched up an impressive ten goals in the Eredivisie last term but has failed to find the net as regularly this season, with just a single strike to his name so far.

However he remains one of the brightest young talents in Dutch football and is widely seen by Denmark fans as one part of a new generation of stars that are capable of leading the national side to success in future tournaments.

With the Danes failing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, next March’s Wembley friendly will be an opportunity to blood youngsters into the first team with a view to competing for a place at the 2016 European Championships in France.

Chief amongst these young players will be Fischer, with the game representing the ideal opportunity for either Manchester United or Chelsea to scout the player at close quarters with a view to a summer move.

Given the lack of midfield competition at Old Trafford and the Blues’ own abundance of options in that particular area of the field, a move to Manchester looks the likelier option, though any decision will ultimately rest with Fischer himself.

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