Manchester United are close to agreeing terms with French side Valenciennes for defender Dayot Upamecano.
This is not the first time the 16-year-old has been close to joining Man United as on deadline day but a deal fell through for ‘administrative reasons’. Renewed interest from Louis van Gaal would indicate his keenness to bring the youngster to United.
As Upamecano is so young, no transfer fee can exchange hands for him but reports say Valenciennes want £700,000 training compensation having brought him through their academy, which is quite a substantial sum given his age.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah‘s excellent progress at Man United this year since joining from Ajax as a 16-year-old is testament to the necessity of a strong recruitment policy from clubs around Europe. Although United have traditionally brought through a majority of English schoolboys through their own academy, there has been a progressive transition which has seen far more foreign youngsters coming in and United have benefited from that.
Adnan Januzaj, Paul Pogba and Andreas Pereira are three imports who have gone on to break through into professional football and if United are willing to pay £700,000 for Upamecano, there is some clear belief in his ability to do the same.