Harry Amass has been pictured signing for Manchester United as the Red Devils bring in the Watford starlet from under the noses of Chelsea.  

It’s almost three months since the Evening Standard reported that Erik ten Hag’s side were in ‘advanced’ talks to bring in a talented young defender who had also caught the eye of Chelsea with his performances for Watford and for England’s U16 side.

It has taken until early August, however, for the deal to finally reach completion. 

As reported via Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United have now got their mitts on Harry Amass at last; a player who was first introduced to Watford’s first-team at the age of just 15 posing for photos with the Red Devils badge stitched onto his new tracksuit.

The Manchester United website is yet to confirm the news, although don’t always make a song and dance of youth signings. But it is believed that Amass will sign a four-year deal, potentially keeping him at the club until the summer of 2027 at the earliest (The Athletic

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Manchester United beat Chelsea to Watford’s Harry Amass

Amass is the second highly-rated Watford youngster to leave the Vicarage Road outfit this summer. Adrian Blake took a leaf out of Noni Madueke’s book when he moved to the Eredivisie with Ten Hag’s former employers, FC Utrecht.

“There was Premier League interest,” 18-year-old Blake, who was reportedly a target for Arsenal and Totenham, says via Utrecht Fans. “But I wouldn’t get any first-team opportunities there.” 

Another exciting talent joins

Amass, meanwhile, is likely to feature for Manchester United’s U18 side initially. Ten Hag has shown, however, that opportunities in the senior set up are there for those who deserve it; Kobbie Mainoo expected to follow Alejandro Garnacho into the first-team next season. 

It is 10 years ago since United signed promising left-back Luke Shaw, in a far more expensive move. Amass’ addition is low key, but hopefully every bit as successful, and more.