AZ Alkmaar forward Jesper Karlsson attracting interest from Manchester United
Manchester United are ‘interested’ in AZ Alkmaar forward and Sweden international Jesper Karlsson amidst interest from other Premier League clubs, according to Jeunes Footeux (h/t Manchester Evening News).
The 24-year-old is also being eyed by Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur in the English top flight. But the Eredivisie outfit are looking to get £17.5 million to part ways with the forward.
Karlsson played his football in the Swedish top flight with IF Elfsborg before moving to De Kaasboeren in the summer of 2020. In Holland, the 24-year-old has turned into a quality forward.
The Sweden international has mostly played on the left wing at AZ. However, he is also capable of playing down the middle as well as on the right-hand side of the attack.
In the current campaign, the Eredivisie outfit are fighting for the league title. Karlsson has made 15 appearances in all competitions for Pascal Jansen’s team, scoring two goals and providing two assists.
United’s forward line was reinforced with a player from the top flight in the Netherlands in the previous transfer window. We signed Antony from Ajax, who reunited with Erik ten Hag in Manchester.
However, the Red Devils lost Cristiano Ronaldo midway through the season. To fill the Portugal international’s void up top, we brought Wout Weghorst on loan from Burnley until the end of the campaign.
Marcus Rashford has led the Old Trafford side’s attack since Ten Hag’s arrival. The 25-year-old is our leading goalscorer this season in all competitions. The gaffer can also call upon Anthony Martial.
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Alejandro Garnacho has also broken onto the scene in the current campaign. The Argentine primarily plays on the left wing. Thus, it would be wise to opt against buying Karlsson to avoid reducing the 18-year-old’s opportunities in the first team.