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Chelsea, Manchester clubs keen on Danish prospect — report

AFC Ajax v R. Standard de Liege - UEFA Europa League Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester City are interested in the services of Ajax sensation Kasper Dolberg. Dolberg has been in great form at club level, leading the attacking line alongside Amin Younes and Chelsea loanee Bertrand Traoré. The 19-year-old Danish forward has just been called up for the first time, too, to represent his national team in their games against Kazakhstan and Czech Republic.

The young attacker moved to Ajax in 2015 from Danish side Silkeborg, after impressing club scout John Steen Olsen with his showings. Olsen was also responsible for spotting players such as Christian Eriksen, Viktor Fischer and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the famous Ajax youth factory.

After spending one season with the U19 team, Dolberg joined the main squad this year. Since then, he's become Ajax's first-choice centre forward, scoring 8 goals and assisting 3 more in 20 games in all competitions.

The report claims that Manchester United scout Marcel Bout was in attendance, alongside representatives from Chelsea and Manchester City, in Ajax's 3-2 victory over Celta Vigo in the Europa League. In the game, Dolberg scored Ajax's first goal (via an assist by Traoré) and had 3 shots at the opposing goal — all on target.

Dolberg seems like a good prospect for Chelsea to invest in, but his acquisition comes with the risk of alienating his teammate Traoré who has already voiced his concerns over having to spend a season on loan after proving himself in our first team. It won't be an easy task however, especially if the Manchester clubs are also in the race for him.

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