Earlier this summer, it was announced by Manchester United that Serbian goalkeeper Vanja Milinković had been signed by the club, but almost immediately problems seemed to arise following the announcement. This afternoon FK Vojvodina’s club president Zoran Šćepanović has announced at a press conference the details of the 17-year-old goalkeepers transfer to the Old Trafford club. Šćepanpvić, reported by the official Manchester United website, said:
“After lengthy talks that have taken place over the past month, we have finally completed negotiations on Monday and we can officially inform the public that our young and promising goalkeeper has joined Manchester United.
“He will remain in Vojvodina for the next year, where he will be under the supervision of our experts and coaches from the English football giants, while continuing to train and perform in the jersey of his home club. This is an opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the realisation of this transfer. Can I point out Manchester United’s very correct attitude.”
Milinković will remain with FC Vojvodina on loan for the current season, a player that we could be covering in our Loan Watch feature every week, so keep an eye out for that. The young Serbian goalkeeper turned 17 in February, but already standing at 6ft 7in and featuring for his country as an U19 international, with his brother Sergej Milinković, the future looks good for both the player and Manchester United.
United lost Pierluigi Gollini this summer after he signed for Hellas Verona in his native Italy and currently the clubs Academy boasts the services of Dean Henderson, George Dorrington and Ollie Byrne with Sam Johnstone and Ben Amos currently available to play for the clubs U21 squad. Milinković, which will be ineligible to play for the United Academy squad next season, will most likely see action playing for Warren Joyce’s U21 side, which will be good experience for him, especially if the European fixtures which will be part of the season do actually provide more competition, which is something we will bring you more information on later this evening.