Manchester United Sign Defender Willy Kambwala From French Club

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Manchester United have signed Willy Kambwala.

The club’s senior team transfer policy has come under heavy fire this summer. The Red Devils were expected to do a massive overhaul and address key issues this window, providing Ole Gunnar Solskjær the precise tools needed to build on the excellent end to last season.

In contrast, the Premier League outfit were robbed of their pursuits of top targets by their own board refusing to meet the valuations set by parent clubs.

However, there is a sharp contrast to this trend on their youth front with the side making investment after investment in their set-up.

In fact, even amongst the throng of late deadline day drama, United  have lapped up another teenager.

Manchester United have signed Willy Kambwala from Sochaux. The 16-year-old plays as a defender for the Ligue 2 side.

It is reported that the transfer fee for the teenager will rise to around €4 million. United had him on their radar for a while now. Prior reports had suggested that Liverpool were interested in the French defender as well.


While Kambwala plays primarily as a centre-back, he has shown precedent to be deployed in the defensive midfield too, which shows marked promise for versatility.

However, he is unlikely to provide a solution to United’s senior defensive troubles any time soon. All three of the club’s noted centre-backs in Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, and Eric Bailly have made high-profile gaffes, the heights of which were seen during their heavy 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The teenagers keep populating the club’s famed youth academy but the woes up top appear to just get started, if not grow more worrying with each fixture.