It appears as though Man Utd are planning for the future as reports claim that they’re eyeing moves for two promising young players.
Jose Mourinho hasn’t quite built a strong reputation over the years for showing too much faith in youngsters, but the Red Devils are seemingly making moves to strengthen their academy options to ensure they remain competitive at all levels.
According to ESPN FC, Espanyol left-back Aaron Martin has been scouted by United officials, but it’s added that any interested party will likely have to pay the 20-year-old’s €40m release clause.
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Martin, a Spain Under-21 international, has featured in all eight La Liga games so far this season, and is seemingly attracting interest with his form.
It’s a sensible move from United if true, as ultimately the left-back position has been problematic for Mourinho since his arrival at Old Trafford.
As Luke Shaw continues to struggle, with United fans blasting him recently following a poor display for the U23s side, the likes of Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo have filled in at various times.
While it’s acceptable as a short-term fix, Mourinho needs a natural left-back in that role, and if Martin can continue to impress this season, then perhaps he can earn himself a move to Old Trafford having seemingly got himself on their radar already.
Meanwhile, the Metro report that United have given 14-year-old Swede Rines Arifi a trial, and he will arrive at the end of the month in order for the coaching staff to take a closer look at him and assess whether or not to offer him a youth contract to join the academy.
It’s an exceptional opportunity for such a young player, and while he’ll undoubtedly be feeling the nerves, Arifi will have to grab his opportunity to impress and earn himself a dream move to Manchester where he will develop and improve his all-round game without question.