According to Marca, Manchester United have agreed to sign Spanish youngster Alejandro Garnacho.

Garnacho, 16, is set to join from Atletico Madrid’s academy, and will become the third Spaniard to join United this summer.

United have reportedly beaten competition from Borussia Dortmund for the young striker.

Manchester United U23 Training Session
(Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Atletico reportedly wanted to keep Garnacho, but Marca claim he has signed a five-year deal with United.

He will join the academy, overseen by former United midfielder Nicky Butt.

Garnacho is said to idolise Cristiano Ronaldo and is attracted by the chance to play for his former club.

United will pay a small compensation fee to Atletico for his services.

Real Madrid were also reportedly keen, but were unable to sign him due to an agreement between the two city rivals not to poach each others’ players.

 

Third Spanish recruit of the summer

United have already signed Barcelona right-back Marc Jurado, and Real Madrid left-back Alvaro Carreras.

Both players turned down offers of new deals, deciding to join United’s academy.

Last year United landed striker Mateo Mejia from Real Zaragoza.

Garnacho will compete with Mejia in attack for the under-18s, while Joe Hugill and Dillon Hoogewerf are also in the mix.

United are increasingly looking abroad to snap up young talent, with Hannibal Mejbri a success last season in the academy, while Isak Hansen Aaroen has also joined the club from Tromso.

Have something to tell us about this article?