Arsenal are reportedly monitoring the progress of Ajax starlet Davy Klaassen with the club’s scouts having a close look on the player, according to reports in Daily Mail.
The 20 year old, who can play as an attacking midfielder or as a striker, has made a big impact in Amsterdam since making his first team debut in November 2011 and has scored six goals in 10 appearances this season.
The report claims that Arsenal representatives were in attendance at the Amsterdam Arena with Klaassen their main focus and the Dutchman would have undoubtedly impressed after netting a hat-trick in the 4-0 victory.
Klaassen has been capped four times by the Netherlands at Under-21 level and the youngster is being tipped for a call up to the senior squad ahead of next summer’s World Cup after impressing in the Dutch club’s recent Champions League win over Barcelona. His current contract at Ajax expires in June 2016 and it is understood that it would take a bid of at least £4 million for the Dutch champions to consider selling him.
He is among the best prospects to come out of the Dutch ranks and has been likened to Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp owing to his style of play and trains under the watchful eyes of the man himself, who is working as a coach in the Eredivisie club.
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Klassen joined Ajax in 2004 and has progressed through the entry level of the academy with honours. He was part of the Ajax youth squad that won the u-19 domestic league and also holds a runners up medal in the NextGen series. He made his senior team debut in November 2011 in a Champions League match against Lyon as a substitute and scored just 42 seconds after coming on.
He has also impressed at international level as he has played from U-16 to U-21 and it can be said with confidence that if he continues the current form it will only be a matter of time before he gets a senior team call up. He operates regularly in midfield but he is capable of playing as a center forward.
His sensational start to the current season has led to scouts from Europe’s top clubs watching him but Wenger’s relationship with Bergkamp will surely help them and may place them ahead of their competitors for the player’s signature. It remains to be seen whether the Gunners will formalise their interest in him during the January transfer window but our preference should be to sign a striker. However if he can develop into a Bergkamp-esk forward he will be a great acquisition.
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