As of such, irrespective of what kind of wages the financially strong Blues might look to offer, the fame of the Red Devils often trumps all.
This certainly seems to be the case in United’s latest signing, whom they snuck from right beneath City’s nose.
WATCH: 5 Signings United Need To Compete With City
Charlie McCann, 15, opted to leave former club Coventry City and sign for Man Utd. The wonderkid will now train with the Mancunian club’s development squad, hoping to make a move into the first team in the seasons to come.
Coventry City announced the deal on their official website, with academy manager Richard Stevens stating: “When a big football club come knocking, and it is the club that Charlie supports, you must let him go and have that experience.”
TRANSFER: #CCFC have agreed the transfer of Charlie McCann to Manchester United.
— Coventry City (@Coventry_City) September 14, 2017
Furthermore, remarking upon the skills of the teenager, he said: “We did not want to sell him, we did not need a fee for him even though there was a fee involved. He has been unbelievable for us, even making his England debut back in August. Charlie goes with complete support from me and the rest of the staff from the Academy.”
Following his English debut, the youth player fell on the radars of several clubs, particularly Man City.
In the end, however, it was Jose Mourinho’s side that was successful in securing his services. It is believed that McCann himself rejected City, and chose his dream outfit instead.
With youngsters making a tremendous impact on European football of late, it will be interesting to see what the young Englishman has up his sleeve. Will he follow the footsteps of the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, or will the academy be his sole tryst with the Premier League giants?
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.