Ajax signs 19-year-old and rising star Boureima Hassane Bandé

Photo: Louis van de Vuurst /2017 Ajax Images

Amsterdam football club Ajax has signed 19-year-old Boureima Hassane Bandé on a five year contract after agreeing terms with Belgian side KV Mechelen.

Ajax beat off competition from PSV, Manchester United, Porto, Anderlecht and Arsenal for the teenager. He has scored nine times in 15 matches for his current club, which he joined at the beginning of this season and three weeks ago he made his debut for Burkina Faso.

Bandé will join Ajax next summer. ‘I’m really happy with the move… but first I have a mission to complete with KV Mechelen,’ he said.

Ajax did not reveal financial details but the Telegraaf suggests the transfer fee could be as high as €9.5m.