Manchester United have a price with Manchester City for teenager Charlie McNeill that could rise to £1.35m, according to Manchester Evening News.
The 17-year-old, who supports United, rejected an offer from City and left the club in June, however, he did not turn 17 until this week and anybody that wanted to sign the goalscorer still had to negotiate a fee with his former club or risk a tribunal deciding his true value.
That surely made the deal a little more complex but United must see something in McNeill and we look forward to watching him closely in the new season.
McNeill is credited with over 600 goals at youth level which is truly remarkable. Young strikers at his level will all want to replicate what Mason Greenwood is doing at 18, so the prospect of following in his footsteps is one few would turn down.
He cost City £12,000 when he joined the academy from United six years ago.
I take a degree of encouragement from the fact United are signing loads of youth players, especially those that are still wanted by their former clubs. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it clear his plans are long-term and involve young players, and there’s not a better way to do that than having the best footballing talents in your academy.
The Reds have added Alejandro Garnacho, Marc Jurado, Alvaro Fernandez, Isak Hansen-Aaroen, Joe Hugill, Logan Pye and Radek Vitek to their ranks this summer.
The MEN add United have agreed an initial £750,000 potentially rising to £1.35m, with City also financially benefiting from any future sale.
Confirmation of a completed deal is expected shortly.