Manchester United have confirmed they have received the international clearance required to finalise the signings of Marc Jurado and Alvaro Fernandez Carreras.
Jurado moves to Old Trafford from Barcelona and Fernandez joins them from Real Madrid. The duo will link up with United’s academy first.
United have been chasing Jurado for months after the full-back decided to leave Barcelona. The La Liga giants were left disappointed when the teenager rejected their offer of a new contract, which would have seen him rise up the youth ranks.
Barca, of course, have a proud history of academy players becoming first team greats – and they were hoping Jurado would follow that path. Instead, he has chosen to continue his development in England.
Fernandez, meanwhile, is another full-back who has moved from Spain. Like Jurado, he has been undergoing a period of quarantine following his arrival into England, in line with government guidelines.
It emerged last month that United were close to completing deals for Jurado and Fernandez. They have now confirmed that the pair, aged 16 and 17 respectively, have been given international clearance.
Third academy deal to follow
The Red Devils are awaiting the same confirmation for midfielder Isak Hansen-Aaroen. The 16-year-old Norwegian has already played senior football for current club Tromso, who have agreed to send him to United.
United confirmed the addition of Hansen-Aaroen in their announcement of Jurado and Fernandez. However, he still has to wait for his international clearance.
Meanwhile, Jurado and Fernandez have been learning English and meeting their teammates and coaches online during their time in isolation with a host family, United confirmed.
Once their isolation period is over, they will start training with the Under-18s.