Apart from trying to bring the best players to their team, Manchester United are also keenly interested in improving their youth squad for the upcoming seasons. They are understood to have already contacted the agent of Krepin Diatta twice regarding a move to their famed academy.
The Sarpsborg player has attracted quite a few eyes with his performances for his national team, Senegal. After having scored 2 goals in 3 games for Senegal’s u-20 team, all major clubs across Europe started taking notice of this young lad.
Debuting for the Norwegian club Sarpsborg last season, the 18-year-old made most of the 9 games he was played in by his club. He started 1 game and was taken off the bench from others – scoring 3 goals altogether, a hat-trick back in April in the Norwegian Cup.
The midfielder is reportedly being closely monitored by French sides Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille, but the player’s agent, Youssoupha Fall, has confirmed that he has spoken twice with the management at Old Trafford regarding the prodigy.
Fall revealed: “I’ve spoken to Manchester United’s scouts twice. First under the U20 World Cup, and again after the (league) game against Brann.
“At the moment there is nothing concrete, but they like Krepin and are keeping close tabs on him. We have no rush, but if he leaves Sarpsborg, Diatta will move to a club that’s playing in the Champions League.”
— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) July 4, 2017
United (and other big clubs) tracking 18-year-old Senegalese u20 international Krépin Diatta pic.twitter.com/UlS0iKNYRc
— Mads Lochert (@studythetape) July 3, 2017
This comes after the English side recently announced 10 new recruits to their youth squad.
A sudden influx of youth talent into the club might be an attempt by the administration to take the club back to its roots, where they trained players from their academy into the first team. A major example would be the famous Class of 92′.
On the contrary, that is a very difficult stance to maintain in the modern footballing world which does not reward risk, as it may involve failure. Despite the fact, Jose Mourinho’s side is looking to put a serious contention for League and Europe this year, as well as for the future seasons to come.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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