The prospect of Ajax defender Jorrel Hato joining Manchester United seems increasingly likely as long as Erik ten Hag remains at the helm, as reported by The Athletic.
With concerns over Lisandro Martinez’s injury history and Raphael Varane’s anticipated departure, the Red Devils are in dire need of reinforcements in the central defensive positions.
The future of Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans at Old Trafford is uncertain, prompting Manchester United to actively seek out new defensive talents across Europe.
Ten Hag has a penchant for scouting talent from his homeland, and it appears Hato has caught his eye. The 17-year-old, who predominantly operates as a left-sided centre-back and can also slot in at left-back due to his left-footedness, has attracted interest not only from Manchester United but also from Arsenal.
Although Arsenal’s attempts to secure his signature last month fell through, they remain keen on Hato’s services, recognizing his exceptional potential.
Hato’s proficiency on the ball and his technical prowess mirror that of Martinez, making him an appealing prospect for Manchester United. Additionally, his versatility to play in multiple positions further bolsters his appeal.
Despite his young age, Hato has already made significant contributions to Ajax’s campaign this season, showcasing his capabilities with a goal and two assists. His burgeoning talent suggests he could become a mainstay in the Manchester United lineup in the long term.
While convincing Hato to join may not pose a significant challenge, Manchester United will undoubtedly face stiff competition from Arsenal and potentially other suitors as the summer transfer window approaches.