Deal Agreed: Elanga to leave Manchester United for PL club in a £15m move

Manchester United's Anthony Elanga celebrates scoring their first goal.

Manchester United and Nottingham Forest have reportedly agreed to a deal for Anthony Elanga REUTERS/Ian Walton.

Manchester United’s youth setup has been quite active as of recent. The rise of talents like Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay is testament to its success for the United first team. However, another measure of a youth academy’s success is how good of a price-tag its players are able to garner when the time comes for an inevitable sale.

In this regard, Ajax has certainly set the gold standard, even going as far as to specifically acquire potentially viable players only to sell them for big sums later on.

But United’s academy is struggling in that regard. However, Erik ten Hag has had decisions to make and recent moves have seen youth players like Zidane Iqbal depart United for comparatively smaller sums. Now, another name could be added to that list.

Elanga to leave Manchester United for Nottingham Forest

According to multiple reports Manchester United and Nottingham Forest have agreed to the sale of Anthony Elanga. The 21-year-old will reportedly fetch the Mancunian giants £15 million for the permanent switch.

The player has reportedly agreed to favourable personal terms and is set to undergo his medicals shortly and is expected to be unveiled by Forest in the coming days.

Everton were allegedly keen on the player, with interest being traced back to the start of the year in the winter window. However, Forest appears to have beaten the Toffees to the signing.

Interestingly, it is being claimed that one of the compulsions for Ten Hag and company to make this sale, apart from clearing out the roster, is to raise money for immediate summer purchases.

United are still in the market for a capable striker and may consider reinforcements for other positions. While Elanga’s sale may open the door for another arrival, the price-tag could be deemed too small for a player who had some head-turning breakthroughs under Ralf Ragnick’s brief spell.