Man United are set to use Romelu Lukaku as bait to secure the services of a very highly rated midfield talent, according to reports.
Eliot Matazo, who plays for and captains Belgian club Anderlecht’s u-16 team, has been on the radar of the Red Devils for a while, with scouts being sent to track his progress.
The player has reportedly gotten into contact with United through Lukaku’s family, who are close to the Belgian club, having seen one of their own come through the ranks with them.
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United are renowned for having one of the best academy systems in the world, with a number of players coming through the club’s ranks before making it onto the big stage.
However, while Louis van Gaal was still at the club, the lower academy levels were in turmoil, with an obvious lack of quality seeing them fall way behind other clubs in the youth competitions.
Since Nicky Butt – an academy graduate himself, who went on to become a United legend – was appointed as the Head of the Academy, he has sought to fix this issue as much as possible.
As a result, United have and continue to sign new young stars around the ages of 14 to 17 in order to add some star quality to their academy ranks.
Dutch outlet Voetbalkrant has claimed that scouts have alerted the Old Trafford club to the 15-year-old, and the club now appears to be the favourite to sign him, despite interest from Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund.
Aliou Traore is another young star who was recently snapped up by United last week, while wonderkid Lucas Gomes, who plays for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s former club Malmo, is also heavily tipped to be the club’s next youth signing.
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