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Manchester United tipped to continue bringing in youth talent with Bolton prodigy

Manchester United are in pole position to sign Bolton Wanderers 16-year-old prodigy Max Broughton according to The Sun. Nicky Butt’s side have made some good reinforcements ahead of the new season along with other players coming into the U18’s from the lower age groups. It should see some of the talented U18 players boost the strength of the U23 squad this coming season, a squad which was depleted over the past season playing without an out-and-out striker on the pitch. Broughton is also being tracked by Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City after impressing at Bolton and at youth level for England, which suggests the player has the talent to succeed in the game.

The report in the newspaper suggests that United have made significant progress in the signing of the 16-year-old who is now nearing a move to the Old Trafford club which is partly due to the working relationship of the newly promote Championship club and Manchester United which could maybe see some of the talented U23 players head out on loan to the club this season which will be great for their progress. The owner of Bolton, Ken Anderson and his son Lee Anderson are former agents in the game and have a close relationship with some of the hierarchy at Old Trafford, which is one of the reasons for the deal, which could well see the Championship club gain with a loan spell of two, which as I said would be good for players development.

The fee is reported to be £1 million plus add-ons for Broughton, which is a large fee for a 16-year-old if you compare it to the compensation payment Manchester United received when Paul Pogba left for Juventus five years ago. Broughton may well be a player who will rise through the U18’s, into the U23’s and possibly into the first team in a few years, providing he does actually sign for United and continues in his progress. Butt has seemingly been playing catch up over the last season or so, betting United’s Academy back on the straight and narrow solving the problem the U18’s faced the season before last when they lost twelve league matches in a row, also losing coach Paul McGuinness, later replaced by Kieran McKenna.

Already this summer Butt has signed talented 16-year-old’s including Paris Saint-Germain Aliou Badara Traore, Charlton starlet Largie Ramazani, Spanish whizkid Arnau Puigmal, Former Chelsea youth player Di’Shon Bernard and Northern Ireland youth international Ethan Galbraith, which is a pretty good intake this summer alone, not to mention the players coming into the group with Manchester-born duo D’Mani Bughail-Mellor and Brandon Williams, fellow English players James Garner, Ethan Laird, Dion McGhee and James Thompson and U17 Wales international Dylan Levitt. United have also taken on Jacob Carney as an Academy student. The Academy seems to be in good hands with Nicky Butt as in a full season, changes have been made for the better.

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