Manchester United swoop for Chile starlet
Published 23:00 22/03/11 By Alan Nixon - EXCLUSIVE
Manchester United are ready to sign teenage Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez in a £3million swoop.
Boss Sir Alex Ferguson has teed up the deal for the 16-year-old South American sensation, who will sign shortly for the Red Devils – pipping rivals from around the globe.
The youngster has already been to United for training, but now an agency – working for the club – has agreed terms.
United are using the same Brazilian firm who brought Rafael and Fabio da Silva to the club. The youngster, who plays for Universidad de Chile, is starring in the South American Under-17 Championship.
Henriquez has been notching goals with head and feet for Chile in the torunament in Peru, as he shows he may be one of the continent’s best emerging talents.
Ferguson and his staff are working overtime to improve their youngsters after a spell when the assembly line dried up.
United's American owners are also keen to sign young players, rather than pay large fees for established stars.