Manchester United have continued their summer transfer business by signing 17-year-old Slovakian goalkeeper Alex Fojtíček from Tatran Prešov. The player had been at United on trial recently, also at both Aston Villa and Liverpool. The reports come from Pavlovic Sports in Slovakia with confirmation on their Facebook page. As yet, neither Manchester United or Tatran Prešov, which would be normal as the deals for Tahith Chong and Joshua Bohui, despite both playing for the club in the recent Otten Cup in Eindhoven last week, have now been cleared to play and could make their debuts against Derby County in the U18 Premier League on Saturday.
The agent of Fojtíček, Svetozár Pavlovich confirmed to Pavlovic Sports that his client had moved to Manchester United with players sich as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, David De Gea, Wayne Rooney and Paul Pogba. He even mentioned manager Jose Mourinho. Obviously, at 17, Fojtíček will not be part of the first team and Pavlovich stated that he would be in the U18 squad, possible as a backup to 17-year-old Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui who arrived at the club last summer, having his international clearance passed through in late September of that year. Nicky Butt, the head of Manchester United’s Academy did state earlier in the year that the club would be looking to sign talented players this summer, which seems to be the case here.
United, at U18 level, only have Moutha-Sebtaoui at that age level, which means an understudy was going to be necessary. This summer was always going to be quite busy for the Academy in getting new signings into the club. So far, other than Chong and Bohui, United have signed 16-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder Lee O’Connor and 17-year-old Italian defender Luca Ercolani. With Fojtíček’s arrival seeming close to being confirmed, United will have made five new signings at this level. After last season and the 12 match losing streak in the league, this was probably needed as the U18 suffered many injuries last season and saw players eligible for that age group promoted to U21 level and even into the first team, in the case of Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah – who were both eligible to play U18 football last season.