Manchester United are hopeful of tying up deals for a promising Watford duo in their first pieces of business of the 2023 summer transfer window, TEAMtalk understands.
United are making rapid strides under Erik ten Hag with the club exceeding all expectations in his first season in charge. And while they will have banked on an improvement this season following a £216m summer spree, the club as a whole are certainly well ahead of schedule.
With the Carabao Cup already in the bag, they will hope to add to their trophy haul in the FA Cup and Europa League. Furthermore, the club are also on course to book a return to the Champions League via a top-four finish in the Premier League.
And with thoughts already turning to next season, Monday’s Transfer Gossip claims a first major deal of the summer looks to be gathering pace.
However, Ten Hag is also a big believer in developing youth. That philosophy served him extremely well at Ajax and his promise to nurture the club’s best young talents is one of the reasons that attracted United to the Dutchman in the first place.
Now, sources have told us that United are hopeful of securing moves for two young Watford talents seen as having a bright future in the game.
And the two teengers in their sights are Harry Amass and Adrian Blake.
Fifteen-year-old full-back Amass has trained with Watford’s first-team and is also an England Under-16 international.
Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham have all been keen, but we understand that United are expected to seal his signing this summer.
United are also hoping to land Blake, 17, after learning that he can leave Watford too this summer.
Again the interest is high in Blake, especially in the capital. Arsenal and Tottenham are among those who have been looking closely at him.
However, United are hopeful they can land Blake too and bring the pair of young Hornets stars to Carrington.
There they will be coached and developed through United’s youth set-ups with the hope of being first-team ready in the years to come.