It’s easy to be suspicious when a new name is linked with Manchester United. But last summer we did not expect the Amad Diallo links to amount to much and then the club went ahead and signed him from Atalanta.
Another player fitting a similar profile of exciting young talent is Polish wonderkid Kacper Kozlowski.
Calciomercato report United are monitoring the promising talent, along with Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona.
So who is Kozlowski and why are United paying attention to him?
1) Kacper Kozlowski plays for Polish first division side Pogon Szczecin. He made 20 top flight appearances last season.
2) Kozlowski is in Poland’s international squad and he became Euro 2020’s youngest player last week. He broke a record set by Jude Bellingham in the previous game.
3) Kozlowski is 17 and turns 18 in October. Brexit rules mean United cannot sign him this transfer window – unless there is a convoluted loan back agreement at least until January.
4) The central midfielder made his first team debut for his club at just 15. His first goal came this past April.
He pays attention to United too…
Kozlowski cites one Manchester United player from the past and another from the present among his idols.
The young midfielder was quoted by Goal: “Ever since I was a young boy, my idol has been Cristiano Ronaldo. However, over time, I started to like and watch Paul Pogba more.”
Tonight he could go up against United’s Victor Lindelof when Poland face Sweden in their final Euro 2020 group game.
Describing his style of play, Kozlowski said: “I think I can give more to the team as an offensive midfielder, but I can also work as a defensive midfielder.
“I work on both sides of my game, offensively and defensively, but I feel better in an advanced role. I am a player who likes to compete and fight for everything, take risks and likes to go one-on-one or even one-versus-two.”
Small investment, heavy competition
Even with his price tag no doubt inflated by featuring at Euro 2020, Kozlowski would not cost much. United could probably get him for a max of £15 million.
The problem is the combination of competition and Brexit rules. Big clubs like Barcelona and Juventus are keen, and they could snap him up immediately. United can’t do this, but there is a chance this could work in our favour if his club prefer the loan-back option.
A report from Eurosport claimed in March that United wanted to make a summer signing with the profile of a young, up and coming midfielder, having missed out on Bellingham last year.
Kozlowski fits the bill and could be a player United take a gamble on, in the hope he could become a first team option from 2022/23, strengthening the squad if Paul Pogba leaves on a free.
At present it is just rumours and speculation linking Kozlowski rather than anything concrete, but he is a player to be aware of as he could have a very bright future, whether it is at United or elsewhere.
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