Manchester United have reportedly agreed a deal with Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Fernandez Carreras, who will pen a four-year deal at Old Trafford.
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Spanish publication AS claims the 17-year-old is excited by the project proposed to him by United chiefs. Alvaro, who has featured at left-back for Real’s Juvenil C team this season, reached the end of his contract at the Bernabeu on June 30
A host of top European clubs, including Manchester City, have attempted to lure the highly-rated defender. But AS report that United have won the race for the teenager’s signature and he will become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first summer signing.
Alvaro will predominantly play for the Red Devils’ youth team but he has been told there may be first-team opportunities should any injuries arise to Luke Shaw or Brandon Williams
The full-back came through the youth team at Deportivo La Coruna, and Real pipped Barcelona to his signature three years ago. Zinedine Zidane’s side was keen to keep hold of the youngster but the bright lights of the Premier League have drawn him in.
Although not a player for the immediate future, Alvaro will take part in some senior team training sessions. Meanwhile, United will press ahead with their plans to strengthen other areas of the squad and are still holding out for top target Jadon Sancho.
Borussia Dortmund will not sell the England international for less than £115million which is proving to be a sticking point. Mason Greenwood has been filling in excellently on the right side of a front three but club legend Gary Neville has warned that Sancho should still be sought after.
“Not signing a right-winger, thinking Greenwood would be out of the team is not the right way to look at it,” Neville told Sky Sports. “Manchester United have signed great players over the years to try and challenge other great players in those positions.
“Great players will challenge each other and make each other better, they’ll improve, they’ll find a way to get into the team. “They won’t feel belittled by it and they won’t feel challenged to the point where they sulk, they’ll step up to the task and go for it and I’m sure that’s what Mason Greenwood will do. “He’s still young but so exciting, it’s untrue. I love watching him.”