Man Utd 'set to sign 16-year-old in £3.6m transfer' as focus on youth continues


Manchester United are reportedly set to add another talented youth prospect to their academy in a transfer worth €4million (£3.6m).

The club are said to have been in negotiations with French Ligue 2 side Sochaux over teenager Willy Kambwala.

According to RMC Sport , Kambwala will complete a move to Old Trafford on Monday, with the final details of the deal being ironed out in the meantime.

The 16-year-old central defender – full name Willy Kambwala Ndengushi – is due to travel to Manchester on Sunday before putting pen to paper on a four-year deal.

The total fee United are paying does include bonuses, meaning the initial outlay will be less than the reported figure.

United are expected to seal the transfer of Willy Kambwala on Monday
United are expected to seal the transfer of Willy Kambwala on Monday

Sochaux will be due a percentage of any sell-on fee though should United offload the youngster in future.

United failed with a bid in July of £900,000 for the France under-16 international, who can also play in defensive midfield.

Their latest acquisition follows the completion of two signings only this week.

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While the signing of Kambwala is considered a coup for United, the arrival of youth striker Charlie McNeill will unsurprisingly set a few more tongues wagging in Manchester.

The 17-year-old has signed from rival neighbours Man City having scored more than 600 goals during his time in their academy.

McNeill was snapped up for a relatively modest sum too considering his potential, with United set to pay £750,000 up front, potentially rising to £1.35million with add-on clauses.

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United have recently snapped up promising ex-City striker Charlie McNeill
United have recently snapped up promising ex-City striker Charlie McNeill

United managed to avoid a possibly costly tribunal with City by agreeing terms with the club after McNeill failed to agree terms on an extension to his contract.

Alejandro Garnacho has also joined United from Atletico Madrid, becoming the third Spaniard to arrive in recent months, after Marc Jurado, 16, and Alvaro Fernandez, 17.

The 16-year-old left winger will play alongside McNeill in United’s under-18 side this season, where Kambwala is also expected to feature.

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