Jorrel Hato Says He Has Chosen Which Club He Will Play For Next Season Following United And Arsenal Links

Manchester United transfer target Jorrel Hato says he won’t be leaving Ajax this summer.

The 18-year-old has reportedly been scouted by the Red Devils, while Arsenal are known to have a longstanding interest in the defender. However, when asked whether he would be open to moving clubs, Hato replied:

“No, I’ll just play for Ajax next season. I haven’t finished learning here yet. And I want to win prizes with Ajax. That was my dream when I came here.”


It is a pretty emphatic answer from the teenager, so it is probably safe to rule out a potential move to the Premier League for now, unless something drastic happens.

Why were United pursuing Hato?

The Dutchman is one of the most exciting young players to emerge from Ajax’s academy in recent years. Despite his age, he has already captained his club as well as being capped by the Netherlands at senior level.

Hato could have helped strengthen United’s options in the centre of defence and at left-back, as he is proficient in playing both positions. However, it appears Erik ten Hag’s side will have to wait another season to make a move for him.

Are other centre-halves being targeted?

United have been linked with a whole host of defenders over the past few weeks. Even in the last couple of days, reports on the continent have suggested that the club have tabled bids for the likes of Lille’s Leny Yoro and Sporting Lisbon’s Goncalo Inacio.

There is scepticism when it comes to the accuracy of those claims though. Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo, Juventus’s Gleison Bremer and Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite are said to be the three defenders that top the club’s list of targets but moves for Yoro and Inacio cannot be completely ruled out.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.