Manchester United signing confirms transfer on Instagram
Marc Jurado appears to have signalled his imminent move to Manchester United from Barcelona.
United agreed a deal to sign Jurado, 16, in May and the right-back’s reply to a Bruno Fernandes post on Instagram all but confirmed his transfer.
Fernandes wrote: “Unfortunately our journey in the Europa League ends here. It wasn’t what we expected. We wanted to be in the final and fight for the trophy we so desired. Whilst we congratulate Sevilla for making it to the final, we still played well and we didn’t deserve to stop here.
“It is now time for rest and to reflect so that we come back even stronger and reach the goals we set ourselves for the next season!
“Thank you to all my teammates and staff who welcomed me so well over these past months at the Red Devils. I hope to continue to learn and grow everyday with you, and that we conquer many titles in the future!
“Together we loose (sic.), together we make mistakes and together we grow #MUFC.”
Jurado replied, ‘We keep fighting’, accompanied by a muscle emoji.
United are still yet to announce the arrival of Jurado, who is awaiting international clearance along with Alvaro Fernandez, 17, from Real Madrid. Norwegian Isak-Hansen Aaroen, who turns 16 this week, is due to arrive from Tromso.
Sources in Spain say Jurado rejected a three-year contract offer from Barcelona and United will only have to pay the Catalans a small compensation fee.
United signed Spaniards Arnau Puigmal and Mateo Mejia to their academy in recent years but Jurado is bound to generate comparisons with Gerard Pique, who switched from Barcelona to United aged 17 in 2004.
New academy signings Joe Hugill, Logan Pye, and Radek Vitek have already started training with United. The club fought off competition from Arsenal and Tottenham to agree a £300,000 deal with Sunderland for striker Hugill, 16, and defender Pye, also 16, was previously at Sunderland as well.
Vitek, 16, has joined from Sigma Olomouc and is the latest Eastern European goalkeeper to join United’s junior ranks after Ondrej Mastny, Matej Kovar and Alex Fojticek. Fojticek was released last month and Kovar is in line for a loan move next term.