Man United are reportedly on the verge of completing the signing of promising centre-forward Charlie McNeil from arch-rivals and noisy neighbours Man City. Charlie has rejected a new contract at Man City after he found his chances with the club’s under-18s limited and has since gone onto agree terms with Red Devils.
U16 England international joined Man City’s academy six years ago and has since gone onto rack up a hugely great 600 goals at youth level, however, despite the youngster’s huge potential Cityzens seem ready to miss out on him after reports emerge that rivals Red Devils are set to snap up the striker.
Despite McNeil turning 17 earlier this week, Red Devils will still be forced to pay Man City a compensation fee, the two clubs have agreed an initial £750,000 which could rise to £1.35m with Pep Guardiola’s Man City also negotiating a future sell-on percentage.
The 17-year-old striker seems ready to become the fourth highly-rated teenager to be recruited by Man United this summer after Alejandro Garnacho, Marc Jurado and Alvaro Fernandez have already made the switch to Man United’s highly-regarded youth academy headed by Nick Cox.
This would certainly be a huge coup for the Norwegian manager’s side, with Man United look to have beat Juventus, RB Leipzig and Rangers in the race to sign the promising attacker.
It’s claimed that the English centre-forward would be slotted straight into Man United’s Under-23s side, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown since being appointed that he’s willing to offer first-team chances to talented teenagers.