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Manchester United Edge Out Chelsea to Sign Teenage Defender

Young Irishman chooses United over Chelsea.

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Manchester United have snapped up 15-year-old defender Jimmy Dunne from under the noses of Premier League rivals Chelsea and Aston Villa, according to the Irish Independent.

The 6″2 centre half looks an outstanding prospect, and has been a part of United’s Belfast-based academy since the age of just 10, and has now opted to make the move to Old Trafford full time.

Chelsea have spoken of their desire to bring in more young players in accordance to UEFA’s new Financial Fair Play regulations, and will be disappointed to have missed out on Dunne, while Aston Villa also have a good record of promoting youngsters to the first-team in recent seasons.

Dunne becomes David Moyes’ second signing of the summer, following Uruguayan youngster Guillermo Varela, though the former Everton boss has yet to dip into his transfer budget for a major signing.

The Scot has made bids for the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara, though he has so far been unsuccessful in bringing in the big names that the fans are craving.

However, United have always had an emphasis on attracting top youth talent, and they will be hoping Dunne is a good investment for the future. The player himself is excited and relishing the challenge of playing for such a big club.

“There were other teams interested but from the minute I went to Carrington, I knew that was the right move for me,” he said.

“I know it will be a massive challenge but I will be surrounded by good players and excellent coaches and that can only help improve my game. I can’t wait to get started.”


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