FC Nordsjælland boss Flemming Pedersen has confirmed that Manchester United and Liverpool are both trying to sign teenager Kamaldeen Sulemana.
Sulemana, 19, has had a flock of scouts watching him this season. An attacking player likened to Neymar, but with more speed Sulemana has been talked up by Pedersen. The Ghana international has been impressing for Nordsjaelland in Denmark with 10 goals and eight assists in all competitions and Pedersen says the forward will continue to step up.
Pedersen recently compared the teenager to Neymar, saying: “We are talking about a player with potential on a par with Neymar, and maybe even more than that, because he is even faster.”
The form of Sulemana has alerted United and Liverpool, while Ajax are also chasing him.
In fact Manchester United and Liverpool representatives were among a dozen European clubs watching the Ghanaian teenager earlier this month. And Sulemana did not disappoint, netting his 10th goal of the season in FC Nordsjælland’s draw with Copenhagen.
It was United scout Tommy Nielsen whose brief was to evaluate Sulemana and he must have given a glowing report, because United were said to have “opened negotiations” for the player.
Football Insider stated that the Red Devils had outbid fellow suitors Ajax for the versatile attacker, putting them firmly in the driving seat to seal a deal.
The Dutch giants have submitted a package worth £12m in total for Sulemana. However, United are willing to meet his £15m asking price.
Asked what the future holds for Sulemana, the Nordsjaelland boss told TV3 Sport: “That’s a really good question. Ajax is perhaps the safe choice where he will definitely get plenty of playing time.
Sulemana expected to leave
“[Manchester] United, Liverpool and others are in the race. Well, I also know Kamal so well that when he is pressured, he automatically takes the next step as well. And with the personality and mentality he has, there I will never ever say it will be too big a leap, for he is extraordinary.”
There’s no doubt in Pedersen’s mind about Sulemana’s ability and he expects the exciting forward to move on.
Asked if he expects the player to leave Denmark this summer, he replied: “You could well assume that.
“I cannot stand here to say that I expect him to be here next season because there is so much talk about him. That’s completely understandable, and I myself helped hype him last spring when he made his debut. But we have to see what happens.”