Colombian striker agrees to sign Manchester United deal

Manchester United are in the transfer market for a reliable number nine for next season REUTERS/Phil Noble.

Manchester United have agreed fresh terms with striker Mateo Mejia.

United’s search for a new striker is not going exactly to plan so far. Erik ten Hag wants to sign Harry Kane but Tottenham Hotspur have shown little desire to negotiate for their talisman despite his contract expiring in 12 months. Meanwhile, asking prices for both Atalanta sensation Rasmus Højlund and Napoli superstar Victor Osimhen are considered unreasonable by a club whose transfer budget for the summer is crippled by the financial fair play regulations and the ongoing sale process.

The possibility of no new striker passing through the Old Trafford door before the start of the 2023/24 campaign cannot be ruled out. As such, Ten Hag might be forced to look at existing options at his disposal.

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It might be premature to consider academy talents for the role. However, United have still taken an encouraging step with regard to the future of one of their starlets.

Meija, 20, moved to United in 2019 from Real Zaragoza. He was out of contract at the end of this month, but United have convinced him to sign a new contract. Despite his injury issues, the youngster is highly-rated at Carrington and was handed an opportunity to join first-team training last term.

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As per the Manchester Evening News, the Spanish-born Colombian-U20 player could be loaned out next season to properly transition from youth setup to senior football.

The Red Devils are also leaning towards loaning out Mason Greenwood. United want to make a final decision on his future before next season begins, and it’s understood Ten Hag is against selling the controversial goal-scorer, who last featured for the Reds against West Ham in January 2022.