Manchester United make move for rivals City’s 600-goal wonderkid Charlie McNeill after England youth star rejects contract offer at the Etihad
- Manchester United want to sign young striker Charlie McNeill from rivals City
- The England youth star is set to leave the Etihad after rejecting a contract offer
- United supporter McNeill spent his early years with them before moving to City
- He turns 17 in September, requiring the clubs to agree a fee or risk a tribunal
Manchester United are confident of landing 600-goal academy striker Charlie McNeill from rivals Manchester City.
The England youth international is set to leave City after rejecting a professional contract at the Etihad Stadium – and United want to swoop in for the highly regarded youngster.
McNeill does not turn 17 until September, requiring the two clubs to agree a fee or risk the financials being ruled on at tribunal.
Manchester United want to sign young striker Charlie McNeill from rivals Manchester City
They remain locked in talks and it is understood McNeill will cost a seven-figure sum, given his goalscoring exploits in the academy teams and international experience.
City would hope to include a number of additional performance-related clauses but are currently at a stalemate with their cross-town rivals.
McNeill is a United supporter and spent his early years with their junior sides before a switch to City six years ago. The centre forward’s staggering number of goals at youth level have been accumulated while at both clubs.
He has recently found opportunities with City’s Under 18s limited and wants a new challenge elsewhere.
The England youth star is set to leave the Etihad Stadium after rejecting a contract offer
McNeill announced his decision to leave last month on Instagram as he weighs up his future
City do not want to stand his way, although they expect to recoup a fee that reflects his ability.
The protracted negotiations with United could alert the likes of Wolves and newly-promoted Leeds United, who are also tracking the teenager.
McNeill announced he was to leave City last month. ‘A massive thank you to Man City for everything over the past six years,’ he said.
‘It’s been such a pleasure to play with some amazing players and I’ve made some amazing friends too. Thanks to all the staff and players for helping me develop as a player and also as a person. I wish everyone the very best.’
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