Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Angelo Henriquez will be Manchester United’s 5th and final signing of the summer.
The 18 year old was given a work permit earlier this week ahead of his move to Old Trafford, and with his arrival likely to be completed by Sunday, Sir Alex has closed the Old Trafford door for the summer.
This means a move for Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera is unlikely and contradicts the sporting director of Pachucha’s claims that Manchester United have made an official approach:
“Henriquez is on his way back to Manchester.
“He had to go back to Chile after he got the work permit on Tuesday. We’ve had an option [on him] since he was 14 when he played against our youth team.
“He came over when he was 15 and then 16. We kept in close contact with him in that respect and, when he got to 18, it was a matter of whether or not we left him for another year or brought him in. But he had such a good summer with Chile’s Under-20s, that we thought it wasn’t worth waiting. We may as well do it now.
“That took away a lot of interest from other clubs. We had the option on him, but options only last so long and we decided to take him in. He’s quick and a good finisher and he has a terrific physique for a boy of 18. He should be here on Sunday.”
“We definitely won’t be buying anyone else. There is no movement about anyone going the other way.”
I’m not convinced by that statement. I think something is happening with Hector Herrara. It’s probably a case of David Gill working on a work permit. The boy sounds like a real talent and a box to box player which is what we need.
Berbatov, Macheda and Bebe need to leave.
It’s been a strange transfer period for Man Utd. Hopefully the new players can settle quickly. I do feel we are a midfielder short, but it might be the Hector Herrera is the guy Ferguson wants. He is currently injured and a work permit will be needed, so it might be a January deal instead.
I think Ferguson has bought exciting players in Van Persie, Kagawa and Nick Powell. Buttnerr is a good squad addition and we needed another left back. Kagawa is the most important signing we made though, although Van Persie might make the bigger impact.