Manchester United are still expecting to win the race for Manchester City youngster Charlie McNeil.

McNeil, 16, has decided to quit City’s academy, and The Mail reported in late July that United were confident of winning the race for him, despite competition from clubs across Europe.

Since then it has gone quiet, with The Mail‘s initial report claiming that talks with City were proving difficult.

The Sun has provided an update, six weeks on, reporting that United are still expecting to clinch the transfer.

The report states: “SunSports understands the talented teenager will cost around just under £1m, to stop going to a tribunal.”


City are said to be negotiating over various clauses in the agreement. A tribunal could drag the saga out for several months, which both clubs would be keen to avoid.

Over the past few weeks McNeil has been regularly ‘liking’ United posts on Instagram, and those of the club’s players.

McNeil would become the third youth striker signed by United this summer, following Joe Hugill’s arrival from Sunderland, and Alejandro Garnacho, who Marca reported this week had agreed to join from Atletico Madrid.

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Charlie McNeil and Josh McNamara of Manchester City (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Charlie McNeill: What you need to know

  1. United to City and back again

    McNeill began his career in United’s academy before leaving for City six years ago. Now he is coming ‘home’.

  2. Competition for his signature

    City wanted to keep McNeill, while Rangers, Leeds, Wolves and RB Leipzig were all linked with signing him after he rejected a contract extension at The Etihad.

  3. Youth international

    McNeill has represented England at under-16 level, scoring in a win over Moldova.

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