Manchester United have joined the race for Argentine wonderkid Alex Luna and are ready to battle AC Milan for his signature – even though he may not arrive until 2022.
Luna, who is only 16 years old, plays for Atletico Rafaela and scored 16 goals in 2020 before coronavirus ended the season in Argentina.
He may be young, but his dribbling and direct attacking skills have made him one of the most wanted players in the world with Rafaela saying they have already turned down seven requests to take him on loan.
Some of the biggest clubs in South America have followed his progress , especially as the youngster is due to be promoted to the Atletico Rafaela’s first team in Argentina’s Second Division next season.
Barcelona, PSG, Roma, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Manchester City have also watched him closely. But it is United and Milan going toe to toe at the moment- with United already in contact.
If successful, United are expected to allow Luna to stay in Argentina until the end of 2021 before bringing him to Old Trafford in January 2022.
United boss Solskjaer, who watched his side snatch all three points against Brighton, appears happy with his senior squad.
Manchester United are looking to plot their path back to the top. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already brought in Donny van de Beek but Jadon Sancho remains Manchester United’s number one target.
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There has been frustration around Old Trafford over a lack of transfer activity and that was only heightened as United made an indifferent start to the new Premier League campaign, but Solskjaer said United have the players to contend.
“As I’ve said many times I’m very confident in my players,” he said. “If and when something happens, both ins and outs, we’ll update you. In football you can’t predict too much.
“For me, I’m just working on getting better. My focus is solely on the game, I can’t be thinking any other way. We need points and then we can talk again.”