Manchester United among 3 top clubs pursuing teenage Dutch defender

Manchester United are ready to battle Arsenal and Newcastle United that want to sign Juventus defender Dean Huijsen

Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle United want to sign Juventus defender Dean Huijsen during the upcoming summer transfer window.  Huijsen has been on loan at AS Roma since January and has featured in numerous games for them.

The 18-year-old, who stands at 1.97 meters, possesses the physical build to confront any opposition in a one-on-one duel. His imposing physique helps him shield the ball on possession and progress forward through his own defence.

The Dutchman is a modern-day defender with immense ability on the ball, capable of distributing accurate passes from the backline. The youngster has close control, technique and long strides to be a constant outlet when his teammates need him.

Roma's Dutch defender #03 Dean Huijsen (L) fights for the ball with AC Milan's Swiss forward #17 Noah Okafor during the Italian Serie A football match between AC Milan and AS Roma at San Siro Stadium, in Milan on January 14, 2024. (Photo by Isabella BONOTTO / AFP) (Photo by ISABELLA BONOTTO/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester United want Juventus defender Dean Huijsen (L) on loan at AS Roma currently. (Photo by Isabella BONOTTO / AFP) (Photo by ISABELLA BONOTTO/AFP via Getty Images)

The 18-year-old has plenty of raw talent and with his loan deal at Roma, he is getting good first-team experience. Hoijsen has gained an immense reputation despite his young age, attracting interest from numerous European clubs.

Fichajes reported that Arsenal, Manchester United, and Newcastle United are pursuing Huijsen from Juventus during the summer window. The report suggests that Huijsen would be open to a transfer if guaranteed playing time at the club.

United are now operating under the new regime of Sir Jim Ratcliffe with fans expecting change in their transfer strategy. The Red Devils suffered from poor negotiation and tactical strategy that has consumed a significant amount of money with less returns.

This season, United struggled a lot defensively due to an injury crisis and poor individual performances from the senior players. Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane are the first-choice centre-backs but they have struggled to stay fit throughout this season.

Other centre-back options Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have struggled with inconsistencies throughout their United career. United manager Erik ten Hag signed Jonny Evans as an emergency defender and he has featured a lot this season.

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Huijsen would be a fantastic signing for the Red Devils but his talent is still raw and needs room for development. United will need to decide if they have the time and patience to nurture him if they want to sign the player.