Two deals already done, United close to completing three more transfers

Manchester United

Manchester United’s academy revolution is well on the way, the club earlier in the year completed a deal that will see Matthew Olosunde move to Manchester and the young defender was drawn straight to the action after been included in the game against Brighton and Hove Albion. Olosunde, 18, hails from New Jersey, and joins from the New York Red Bulls.

Hot Belgian prospect Keith Groeneveld is also reportedly having a trial with the club’s academy. Keith Groeneveld, 16, who is the captain of KV Mechelen’s Under-17 side trained with United three years ago as part of an exchange program when he was playing for United’s former partners Royal Antwerp.

Keith Groeneveld was born in Kimberley, South Africa and relocated with his family at the age of five to Belgium and started out his youth career at Royal Antwerp. A central defender by trade but started out as a midfielder at Antwerp, has drawn similarities with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane because of his dominate physical displays and his ability to cover every blade of grass on the pitch.

United’s head of Academy, Nicky Butt, who was appointed in February amidst fears that the clubs academy was on the verge of collapse as they were a distant 30 points behind Manchester City in January, is already looking to bolster the squad as they have already added Irish defender Lee O’Connor are now handing a trial to the Belgian.

Although he has yet to declare his nationality, he is yet another promising talent from Belgian to join the Red Devils, and will be looking to follow in footsteps of Ritchie De Laet, Adnan Januzaj and Andreas Pereira in making his first team debut.