Manchester United look set to sign Spanish wonderkid Mateo Mejía.
The Red Devils’ pursuit of the 16-year-old has caused a huge fuss in Spain, with reports claiming Real Zaragoza are “outraged” with the Mancunian outfit due to the entire situation.
The English media insisted that the Old Trafford club would pay €670k to finalise this transfer, and that the teenager has already said his goodbyes to his fellow teammates.
Real Zaragoza released a statement regarding these reports, which read: ‘Given the information in the United Kingdom about the Real Zaragoza cadet footballer Mateo Mejía and the interest of Manchester United for his signing, Real Zaragoza wants to clarify the following:
Mateo Mejía is a footballer who belongs to the discipline of Real Zaragoza in the Cadet category, linked to the Club with a federative card until June 30, 2020. Real Zaragoza has not reached any agreement for the transfer of this player to Manchester United.’
But now, according to Spanish news outlet El Periodico de Aragon, “everything indicates” that this transfer will be finalised “soon”, as both United and Mejia are eager to complete this switch.
Since the young winger does not have a professional contract, he is free to move to a club outside of Spain. Moreover, it will be UEFA, and not Real Zaragoza, that will determine the amount that is to be paid, with the estimated fee reported to be in the range of €120-150k.
Due to these two reasons, Zaragoza were able to turned down a €500k offer from Real Madrid, but remain powerless from stopping Mejia from moving to the Theatre of Dreams.