Justin Kluivert says Arsenal are one of the clubs he can see himself playing for, 20 years after Arsene Wenger almost signed his father Patrick.
Justin Kluivert is 18 years old, playing as a left-winger for Ajax in the Eredivisie. He’s starting to catch the eye as well, with seven goals and four assists in his 25 appearances this season. Now the young talent says he wouldn’t mind a move to England in a few years.
“If you get a nice offer, you never know,” he admitted. “England appeals to me. Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea or Manchester United are nice clubs where I can see myself playing in a few years.”
Justin’s father, Patrick Kluivert, scored 40 goals in 79 games for the Netherlands national team. He’s also well known for his 122 goals in six seasons with Barcelona.
Before that, he almost signed for Arsenal under Arsene Wenger.
Back in 1998, the Independent reported that Wenger made a £4m attempt to sign the striker, who was playing for AC Milan at the time. He sent a representative to meet with the Dutchman at the World Cup.
The feeling was that it shouldn’t be too difficult to convince the player to leave, after his disappointing season in Italy.
That turned out to be right, but Kluivert didn’t join Arsenal, he joined Barcelona instead. Now Wenger has a second chance with the player’s son. Let’s see if this one turns out any better.
Arsène's been at the nearly-signing game for so long that he's about to nearly sign the son of a player he once nearly signed. https://t.co/AplXyEw0lA
— Dadvillain (@MattMason_) February 13, 2018