FC Nordsjælland coach Flemming Pedersen believes Manchester United target Kamaldeen Sulemana has all the attributes to be a hit at Old Trafford.
Sulemana, 19, has had a flock of scouts watching him this season. In fact Manchester United and Liverpool representatives were among a dozen European clubs watching the Ghanaian teenager on Monday. And Sulemana did not disappoint, netting his 10th goal of the season in FC Nordsjælland’s draw with Copenhagen. Sulemana played centrally and opened the scoring just after half-time.
And afterwards Nordsjælland chairman Jan Laursen confirmed United were one of the clubs watching the exciting attacker.
“It’s been in the papers, and they [United] are one of those clubs that’s here sometimes, too. It’s probably one of those clubs that also follows him closely,” said Laursen.
It was scout Tommy Nielsen whose brief was to evaluate Sulemana and he must have given a glowing report, because United are “opening negotiations” for the player. That’s according to the Daily Mail, with a £12m fee mentioned.
Liverpool’s interest in the player is also real with their Scandinavian scout Mads Jorgensen present in the stadium. But the feeling is that they are not heading the race for the player.
De Telegraaf reported on Tuesday that Ajax hope to beat the Old Trafford club to the winger’s signature.
The two-cap Ghana international has six assists to go with his 10 goals this term and Pedersen is convinced Sulemana has the credentials to go all the way.
“There is a lot missing, because he has a very, very high celling, and it is clear that when he gets even better teammates at some point and gets to play even faster games, so we open the spaces,” Pederson told Bold.dk, as cited by Sports Witness.
‘There’s no place he can’t do it’
“There is a lot of focus on him in the Superliga [Danish league], but on an even better team there are also others who will be the focus.
“He has a very, very high level, and I think that all scouts in Europe have gradually known this for some years, since 2017, when he as a U15 player won a major international tournament in the Netherlands. They were all there… Arsenal, Real Madrid, Red Bull Salzburg and so on.”
Asked specifically whether he could see Sulemana moving to United, he added: “Yes, I can. There’s no place he can’t do it.”
“Yes, with the right club and the right environment, because what it’s about is also playing time,” he said when asked about moving to the Premier League.
“Although he is ready for one of the major leagues in Europe, it is clear that he cannot get as much playing time if the team already has two or three [players] of his types. Playing time is still important as a young player.”