Manchester United have reportedly concluded a deal to bring Espanyol’s Academy midfielder Arnau Puigmal once the transfer window opens.
The Espanyol’s Cadete A midfielder, 16, is seen as one of his country’s brightest talents and Spanish publication Sport say the player will make the move to Old Trafford on July 1.
The report claims Puigmal has reached an agreement with United that involves a lucrative contract from his 17th birthday and includes a plan for him to develop into a first-team player in the future at Old Trafford.
Puigmal’s impending exit is seen as a huge blow for Espanyol, who hoped he would develop with the La Liga side and break into their first team at a relatively young age.
The teenage has been with the club’s academy since 2010 after joining from Sant Cugat, located to the north-west of Barcelona.
The central midfielder is seen as something of an all-action midfielder who knows his way to goal, having found the back of the net in the Mediterranean International Cup final against Barcelona, winning the accolade of Most Valuable Player at the tournament in the process.
United are expected to have a busy summer of spending with Jose Mourinho likely to spend around the £200million mark to turn the side into genuine Premier League title contenders next season.
But the expected arrival of Puigmal is expected to be announced in the next days with the Spanish midfielder seen as very much a bright hope for the future.