Date published: Sunday 4th October 2020 12:12
Manchester United have reportedly won the race to sign highly-rated young centre-back Willy Kambwala.
The 16-year-old is set to leave Sochaux’s academy in France to join the Red Devils under-18 side.
RMC Sport claims that United have agreed to pay £3.6 million to land the promising young defender.
United, along with Liverpool, were linked with Kambwala earlier in the summer but no agreement was reached.
Kambwala was born in DR Congo, but has been called up by France at Under-16 level.
He will continue United’s process of bringing in top young talent over the past 18 months or so. There have also been another eight additions to the academy squad so far this year, prior to Kambwala.
The Old Trafford club signed Hannibal Mejbri from France last summer. He is now a regular for the club’s Under-23 side.
Kambwala is the only centre-back United have signed this summer, and adds depth to the position following Teden Mengi’s rapid rise to the first-team squad.
Solskjaer, Woodward row over Telles fee
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged his superiors – including Ed Woodward – to pay what it takes to sign Alex Telles, according to a report.
Porto left-back Telles is one of United’s top targets this transfer window but a deal looks increasingly unlikely. United have so far offered only £12million for the Brazilian, with Porto demanding £18million.
However recent reports suggest the Portuguese side now want more. Porto have supposedly become frustrated at United for making negotiations ‘protracted’ and, as such, have raised their asking price.
The Sunday Mirror insists that Porto are still demanding £18million but adds that United continue to refuse to increase their offer.
As such, Solskjaer has taken action by describing to his superiors the importance of the deal to his side’s progression this season.
The Red Devils are looking for competition for Luke Shaw and believe Telles is an ideal signing. Read more…