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Manchester City’s pursuit of Ajax youngster Gabriel Misehouy has hit a dead end, according to journalist Henk Spaan. Reports suggested City were frontrunners to sign the 18-year-old on a free transfer this summer.

A reported disagreement between Misehouy and Ajax led to him being dropped from first-team training and ultimately released by the club. This opened the door for City, known for acquiring young talent globally.

However, Spaan claims City are no longer interested. He suggests Misehouy’s agent’s approach might be to blame. Spaan criticizes the agent for potentially demanding too much, comparing the proposed contract to deals for former Ajax players.

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Spaan mentions contact with Lille’s sporting director but no deal materialized. He also questions the overall strategy, implying Misehouy’s development might be overshadowed by financial ambitions.

“Because of corona, Misehouy appeared late on my radar,” he wrote in his column for Het Parool covering the youngster via Football.London.

“He was then snubbed by Ajax for refusing to sign a proposed contract. ‘He blows too high off the tower,’ the club thought.

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“Managing agent, then, Guido Albers thought the contract was good, ‘at the level of Nouri, Van de Beek and Cerny’. That level started at 250,000 euros and went up to 500,000.

“Then came contact with one of Europe’s best td’s, Olivier Létang of Lille, formerly of Rennes and PSG, but no white smoke yet. Manchester City came but dropped out.

“I watched 15 minutes of YouTube and saw how good the boy can play football. So why doesn’t it work out? Maybe a talent’s environment should not just be lusting for millions but take a footballer’s development seriously.”

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Despite Spaan’s praise for Misehouy’s talent on YouTube, the youngster’s immediate future remains unclear. The breakdown of talks with Ajax and City raises questions about his next move.

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