A couple of senior Manchester United players are reportedly surprised that the club hasn’t tied 17-year-old Deji Sotona down to a new deal yet.
The talent has been eligible for a professional contract since celebrating his 17th birthday in December, but Deji remains on a scholarship as things stand.
Other teams could, therefore, look to poach him by offering the player a contract and would only be obliged to pay Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a compensation fee rather than a transfer fee.
The Athletic claims that a number of Bundesliga clubs are interested in Deji, having identified the ace as a candidate to become the next young English player who could generate a significant profit.
The club’s senior players are understood to have been particularly impressed with Deji’s pace after he was clocked at 22.9mph during first-team tests in last year’s September.
The highly-rated forward has been a regular for United’s U18s team this term and is a Republic of Ireland youth international.
Meantime, Manchester City are allegedly confident of beating bitter rivals Manchester United to the signature of Velez Sarsfield ace Thiago Almada.
A recent report stated that United had entered negotiations with Velez over a possible deal for the teenager, but City could supposedly pip their local rivals in the hunt for Almada.
According to The Sun, Pep Guardiola has pinpointed the midfielder as an ideal replacement for ageing David Silva, with the City captain confirmed to be preparing the Etihad at the end of the season.
The report also states that Almada dreams of following in the footsteps of Argentinian compatriot Carlos Tevez in the blue part of Manchester, and the Citizens would have to fork out £15 million to secure Almada’s services.