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Manchester United ‘reach deal’ to sign Velez starlet Thiago Almada

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Over the past few years, Manchester United have made an active effort to attract some of the brightest young prospects in the world, and a name often used in rumor is Velez Sarsfield striker Thiago Almada.

The 19-year-old Argentinian, famous for his impressive performances with Velez and the potential Football Manager that comes with it, is often linked with a stint in one of the best teams in Europe, and it is usually United who are tipped. to sign it.

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Almada is a hot prospect | MARCELO ENDELLI / Getty Images

Well, those rumors are back this month, but they go even further. According to TodoFichajes, United have already reached a deal to sign Almada this summer for a fee of around £ 14million.

Good then.

Throughout history United have decided to splash out and make Almada “the cornerstone of their new project” next season. This could to be true… assuming United are tired of the excellent form of compatriot attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes. Who likes to win games anyway?

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United try to recruit the best young players in the world | Pool / Getty Images

There is no denying that Almada is the kind of top youngster United love to sign, and the fact that Manchester City, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are generally named as rival contenders should tell you all about his pedigree, but United doesn’t. he doesn’t really have room for another player like that in the first team.

£ 10million was spent on Uruguayan winger Facundo Pellistri from Penarol this summer, while United recently finalized the deal to sign 18-year-old Ivorian Amad Diallo from Atalanta, who could reach £ 37million sterling. It’s the “cornerstone” kind of money here.

United clearly don’t need to sign Almada, and while that doesn’t mean they absolutely no, he should sound the alarm bells about this story.

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Diallo is United’s main goal | BSR / Getty Images Agency

It is entirely possible that this rumor is just another of those designed to spark player interest. After all, the United name comes with the kind of star power that can’t quite match.

This summer, Almada will enter the final two years of his contract with Velez, which means he is approaching the time to decide on his future. Velez will fear letting him terminate his contract and the drop in asking price that goes with it, so it’s in everyone’s best interests to build the hype around Almada.

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