Ajax move for Manucharyan

AFC Ajax will sign the Armenia striker Edgar Manucharyan in the summer while Mauro Rosales is out for the season.

Trial injury
The 18-year-old Manucharyan was on trial at Ajax in December 2004 and took part in a friendly match against FC Barcelona, but lasted only 14 minutes after suffering a foot injury. The setback caused the trial to be terminated prematurely, but Manucharyan remained in Amsterdam for rehabilitation and will join Ajax's first-team squad in time for the start of the 2005/06 campaign, having signed a three-year contract starting on 1 July.

Rosales ruled out
It was not all good news for Ajax coach Danny Blind, however, as Rosales will sit out the remainder of the season with an ankle injury that requires surgery. The Argentinian winger damaged a ligament in his right ankle in the Eredivisie game with Willem II last weekend.