Man United on the verge of signing 17-year-old Serbian forward

Red Devils are on the verge of completing their first addition of the summer after agreeing on a €12m deal to sign Partizan Belgrade forward Filip Stevanovic. U21 Serbia international caught the eye of the Norwegian coach earlier this campaign when the Steamroller faced the Red Devils during the group stages of the UEL.

Partizan Belgrade had been hoping to keep hold of their attacker in the hope of securing a larger fee in the future but are willing to sanction his departure now on the proviso Red Devils are willing to loan him back next campaign.

With Angel Gomes having already departed for Lille and Taheeth Chong likely to join Werder Bremen on loan, there is room in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad for a dynamic young forward but the Red Devils manager is happy to bow to the Steamroller’s demands.

Stevanovic became the youngest footballer to score in a UEFA tournament for Partizan last August. The 17-year-old winger netted his first goal for the club aged just 16, against Welsh side Connah’s Quay.

Man United, meanwhile, have not abandoned hope of signing another forward, Jadon Sancho, this summer despite Borussia Dortmund remaining adamant the English attacker will not be sold.

While the Norwegian manager’s priority stays a Wideman, ex-Arsenal star Paul Merson believes he would be better served signing a genuine No.9 to ease the goalscoring burden on the likes of Martial and Rashford.

‘Man United should forget Jadon Sancho and sign Harry Kane instead, it would make them title contenders,’ Merson said. ‘I just think with £100m, why don’t you go and get Kane from Tottenham?’