Man Utd to bolster academy ranks with capture of English goalkeeping talent

Erik ten Hag has allegedly made his very first Manchester United signing in the form of the highly-rated Stevenage wonderkid Elyh Harrison.

The 16-year-old shot-stopper has made a name for himself in the lower division outfit’s U18s team.

And at just 15 years of age, Elyh joined up with the senior roster for training earlier this campaign as the ace’s rapid progression continued.

Now UtdDistrict are stating that he has agreed on a deal to join the Red Devils.

He’ll surely be looked at as one for the future, with the Spanish star David de Gea the team’s regular No1 and number two Dean Henderson on the bench.

The news of his reported arrival comes after the Dutch coach Erik ten Hag was unveiled as the club’s new manager in April.

He’ll take over from interim chief Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, the German confirmed recently that the side could need as many as eight new stars in the summer as they prepare for a massive overhaul.

The Austrian tactician said: “In the end football is pretty easy, you just need to win games. In order to do that it’s obvious with quite a few players whose contracts are expiring we need a number of new players.

“There is already at least something like a number of players that are really top players for this club but as I said we need all the other areas.

“[I] suppose there will be six or eight new players. They should be top players to strengthen the quality of the squad.”

Man Utd told how much it will cost to bring in Bundesliga man

Manchester United will allegedly have to activate a £34 million release clause if they wish to land Konrad Laimer from the Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

The 24-year-old star has been an important player for Die Roten Bullen this season, scoring five times and registering six assists in 41 matches across all competitions.

However, he has just over 12 months remaining on his deal at the Red Bull Arena, which is said to have alerted a host of top European clubs, including the Red Devils.

According to a fresh report from Bild, via the Daily Mirror, the Germans will only accept his departure this summer if his £34 million clause is activated.

The 20-time English champions may face competition to snap up the Austria international as the likes of Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have also been touted with an interest.

The club are also keen to ward off interest in star forward Christopher Nkunku – another star who has been linked with Ralf Rangnick’s side – with senior figure Oliver Mintzlaff recently stating that the France international will not be sold in the summer.

Meantime, Manchester United star Paul Pogba has allegedly been offered a £160,000 per week contract to return to the Serie A giants Juventus on a free transfer.

Deal closed: Man Utd lose out on 24-year-old Ajax right-back

Bayern Munich senior figure Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed that the club are on the brink of securing the signature of Manchester United-linked Noussair Mazraoui.

The 24-year-old star has been in brilliant form for Ajax during the 2021-22 season, scoring five times and picking up four assists in 33 appearances across all competitions.

The Moroccan will leave the Amsterdam outfit on a free transfer next month, though, and there has been a lot of speculation surrounding his long-term future in recent months.

At one stage, Xavi’s Barcelona appeared to lead the hunt for the right-back, while the Red Devils have also recently been touted with an interest in Noussair’s services.

However, Hasan has revealed that Die Roten are now close to finalising a summer deal with the full-back, who will move to the Allianz Arena outfit on a free transfer.

“Mazraoui has decided to join us. We’re in the final stages, it’s looking good – he was wanted by top European clubs,” he told journalist Philipp Kessler.

There were also reports that incoming the English heavyweights head coach Erik ten Hag had launched a late attempt to convince the defender to move to Old Trafford but he is now heading for Germany.