Former United academy prospect Deji Sotona linked with move back to PL

Former Manchester United academy star Deji Sotona has been linked with a move back to the Premier League, following his ill-fated spell in France.

The Irish winger left Old Trafford in late 2020, in the quest for first-team football elsewhere, despite being offered a new three-year contract.

The 19-year-old joined Ligue 1 side Nice, who were managed by Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira at the time.

Sotona’s decision to call time on his United career was a bold and brave decision, something that talented academy stars Angel Gomes, Largie Ramazani and Arnau Puigmal, also all chose to do.

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However, unlike the aforementioned trio, Sotona hasn’t been able to make his chosen destination a success. He is yet to make his Nice first-team debut, despite training with the senior side.

And it now seems that Sotona is ready to call time on his French chapter and move back to England, in a quest to reignite a once promising career that has unfortunately stalled.

According to the Telegraph, Sotona is set to head back to the Premier League from Nice after seeing a move to Chelsea fall through during the last transfer window.

Thomas Tuchel’s side reportedly remain interested in the teenager, along with Tottenham and Celtic.

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During his time at United, Sotona was clocked as the club’s fastest player with a stunning top speed of 22.9mph.

Although Sotona has been linked with moves to three very big clubs, if any move to either of those teams did materialise, he would likely be loaned out to a lower league side to reignite his development.

Sotona’s career has stagnated, but with pace to burn he still has time on his side to fulfil his burgeoning potential.

During his time at United, Sotona scored five goals and made two assists from 20 under-18 appearances, and he only made his debut for the club’s under-23 side.

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