Manchester United have already shown that they’re willing to part with big bucks in a bid to get the ‘ones for the future’ tied to the club.
In the past year, young wingers Facundo Pellistri and Amad Traore have both signed for the Red Devils, costing upwards of £45m for the pair – whose ages combined are just 37.
That’s a significant outlay for teenagers who may not even play a game for United, and certainly not in the immediate future with Pellistri’s loan to Spanish side Alaves confirmed this January.
Now though, the Manchester side look set to pull the trigger on some more arrivals, according to The Athletic, with a similar view for the future in mind.
The report doesn’t set out any names on who they could be, but the under-16 trio are all set to arrive from Derby County, now managed by Red Devils legend Wayne Rooney.
The youngsters will link up with the likes of Rooney’s son, Kai, in the academy.
The report also details that a fee up totalling up to £750,000 could be going back the other way for the trio with Derby in desperate need of funds at the bottom end of the Championship.
Rooney’s arrival has galvanised The Rams though, who now sit five points clear of the relegation zone he inherited the club in.
For United, a focus on giving youth players game time has continued with 17-year-old Shola Shoretire being given his Premier League debut against Newcastle last weekend.
The incredible ages of the players mean this is one with a real long-term view in mind, though, while United could be snapping up some of the best talents around for an astute price – if things progress the way they’ll hope.