Mainz close to signing 16-year-old Vitesse striker Jesaja Mustapha despite interest from Villarreal and Feyenoord

De Telegraaf reports that 16-year-old ‘top talent’ Jesaja Mustapha is close to joining Mainz. The 2007-born striker scored 23 goals last season in Vitesse’s youth academy. Now he looks set to sign a three-year contract with Bundesliga side Mainz 05.

Jesaja Mustapha is the son of the former Bolton Wanderers, Levante and Vitesse winger Riga Mustapha. Riga made his first team Vitesse debut in 1999 aged just 17. His son looks destined for success after a superb spell in the Dutch clubs youth academy. Jesaja has also featured six times for the Netherlands U16s. 

Vitesse are set to sell Jesaja Mustapha to Mainz for just over €200,000, a fee that seems relatively high for a youngster yet to play a game of first-team football. However, the 16-year-old has high potential and could be one to look out for in the near future. 

Spanish side Villarreal and Eredivisie Champions Feyenoord have also shown interest in Mustapha. Mainz appeals more to the youngster, as a clear route to the first team has been mapped out for him.

GBeNeFN Hugo Hargreaves

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