According to Sky Sports, Manchester United are one of the clubs to register an interest in exciting Peterborough United talent Ricky Jade-Jones.
Here is a look at what you need to know about the potential future Red Devils addition…
1) “He’s the quickest player I’ve seen, and I’ve seen some quick players,” said Peterborough academy manager Kieran Scarff [BBC]. This is highlighted by Jade-Jones running 100 metres in just 10.9 seconds [Sky]
2) Jade-Jones ended last season as a ball-boy for Peterborough, the club he has been at since he was nine. He is still only 17-years-old and made his first team debut this season.
3) He has scored four goals for the club so far, with two coming in the FA Cup, including one against Premier League opponents Burnley.
4) Barry Fry said he turned down an approach from Leeds United to buy Jade-Jones in January.
He told the Peterborough Telegraph: “Leeds were actually the most determined to sign Ricky. They were on several times as they think Ricky is going to be the next Tammy Abraham. I told them if that’s the case he must be worth £15 million already. In our opinion Ricky is better off developing with us and helping us be successful.”
5) He says he compares his style to Jamie Vardy, commenting: “I think I’m suited to [being] a Vardy-type of player.
“I’ve had a few defenders say they don’t like playing against me and that’s always nice to hear at a young age.”
What he says
Jade-Jones told Sky Sports he counts a Manchester United player as his football idol.
He said: “Marcus Rashford because the way he broke into the team was similar to me and my upbringing.
“I watch Rashford a lot and learn from him.”
Could a deal happen?
Barry Fry’s comments dismissing an enquiry for Jade-Jones in January were clear, he feels the young striker’s development is better off if he stays put.
He will certainly get more first team football. If he signed for United he would be put into the under-23 squad at first.
Money talks though, and while Peterborough are known to hold out for high fees, it would be hard for them to turn down an offer of around £10 million in this climate.
Any offer from United would likely rely heavily on incentives, with clauses for appearances, goals and future success.
There is competition from Liverpool and Tottenham too, and his progress will be one to watch. If League One resumes, Peterborough are still in with a chance of play-off promotion, which would strengthen their resolve to keep him.
It is obvious from United’s acquisition of Dan James and United’s counter-attacking game that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer values pace highly.
If United can be convinced that Jade-Jones has the temperament and the rest of the game to match, then he could be worth taking a flier on.
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