Manchester United’s academy will see three new faces next season as fresh signings arrive at Carrington.
The 16 year old right back recently bid adieu to his La Masia teammates and staff with a heartfelt message on social media.
He has been a part of the La Masia for the past 9 years, was a regular in their Cadet A side this season and was going to move up to the Juvenil B squad at the start of the next season. However, Jurado has rejected the 3-year contract extension offered to him by the Catalans, and is instead set to join United this summer.
Jurado is similar to Dani Carvajal: pacy, technically gifted and good crossing skills. Barcelona were eager to give him a new long term agreement, but it seems playing in the Premier League has sparked an interest in the teen’s mind. United will have to pay a small compensation fee of £1.3 million to Barcelona for his services. Surprisingly, Jurado’s move to the Theatre of Dreams has sewn up comparisons to Gerrard Pique who also switched from Barcelona to United at the age of 17 in 2004.
Born and raised in Majorca, the 17-year-old has refused to a sign contract extension with Real Madrid and looks forward to join the Reds. As it turns out, Fernandez plays on the left side just like his idol – Marcelo. Alvaro joined Real Madrid on a 4-year contract in 2017 from his native club Deportivo. Him not wanting to extend his stay at the Spanish capital, makes him a free agent this summer. As it turns out, Fernandez has also said goodbye to the Spanish giants on his Instagram handle.
According to his biography posted on the Real Madrid website, he is a quality defender, great at taking balls from behind and is difficult to beat one-on-one.
The Norwegian wonder kid from Tromso, recently made the headlines for becoming the club’s youngest ever player, aged 15 years and 319 days. United are waiting for international clearance to complete the move. As a part of the agreement between the clubs, United has sent Aidan Barlow from its youth academy to Tromso on load until December.
Tromso sports manager, Svein Morten Johansen said, “This could be the start of a long term collaboration that could give us a lot.” It is believed Ole Gunnar Solskaer’s entourage helped made this partnership possible.
United also announced the signing of Joe Hugill and Radek Vitek last week.
Joe Hugill plays for a miserable Sunderland side who sits at the bottom of the U-18 league, with an astonishing 0 points from the last 16 games. But he has managed to stand out amongst an otherwise struggling side.
On the other hand, Radek Vitik completed his move from SK Sigma Olomouc, a Czech football club hailing from the city of Olomouc.
Exciting times come for the youth team and this guarantees United will never be short of talent from their ranks.