Over the years, Man Utd have always looked at securing young and promising talents from other youth academies in an earnest attempt to bolster their own roster. The result has been a side brimming with talent eager to impress and make the breakthrough.
This is a trend that many clubs have decided to follow suit on, especially after the tremendous profits that youngsters have reaped for their parent clubs this summer window. It now appears that the Red Devils are looking at yet another prospect.
According to ESPN, Jose Mourinho had sent scouts to monitor the antics of Senegalese wonderkid Krépin Diatta. The scouts in question were reportedly present in Norway, during his current side Sarpsborg 08’s encounter against Odd on Monday.
The 18-year old, who has caught the eye of top names mainly due to his pace and skilled play, is considered to be amongst the best upcoming names in Europe, and as of such, United aren’t the only club hoping to pry the player away.
However, Sarpsborg are clearly eager to retain the teenager, with the club having handed him a four-year contract in February. This won’t be much of a roadblock for any club that would wish to sign him, though, as financial backing would broker through any possible deal.
Over the ongoing speculation surrounding his future, Diatta had this to remark after the match (via Norwegian broadcaster TV2): “I didn’t know they scouted me today, but to join them would be a dream come true. I think I’m good enough, but I play for Sarpsborg and love this club. We’ll see what happens in the future.”
The young starlet is believed to have a strong desire to play in the big leagues. Time shall tell what path he chooses to tread upon, and whether or not it will favor the youngster.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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