Manchester United this transfer window has been quite the sorry tale. The club has lacked their usual appeal due to missing out on Champions League football next season.
They were also expected to secure a majority of their signings by the first week of July but as the club closes in on that self-imposed deadline they appear more and more unlikely to sign top names.
As of such, the week ahead can be an immensely important one for the Red Devils and they have started it off by wrapping up a crucial transfer.
As per the Sun, Manchester United are signing 16-year-old Mateo Mejia from Spanish side Real Zaragoza. The Red Devils are paying an initial £600,000 transfer fee to secure the deal for the Spanish wonder-kid.
Mejia is a top-rated talent in Spain and was believed to be heavily pursued by major clubs in the Premier League and the La Liga but the Mancunian giants came out on top.
The teenager is a winger and has a knack for scoring goals, a feat that United will be keen on developing even further at their youth ranks.
While the club’s stock has fallen considerably with regard to attracting senior names, such deals seem to indicate that they are still an attractive destination for emerging talent.
The club’s DNA has always held that youth academy players must be promoted to the senior side and from there given a platform to become legends. The likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs were the perfect testament to the same.
United’s present roster most notably boasts of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard who are also alumni of their youth set-up.
While many supporters are likely to be unhappy about the Red Devils signing a youngster when many pressing needs haunt their senior team, investing in the future is a crucial aspect of playing the long-term game.