Manchester United gesture for City’s 600-goal prodigy Charlie McNeill after England youth star rejects Etihad contract offer
- Manchester United want to sign young striker Charlie McNeill from rivals City
- England youth star set to leave Etihad after rejecting contract offer
- United supporter McNeill spent his early years with them before moving to City
- He turns 17 in September, forcing clubs to agree on fees or risk court
Manchester United are confident to land 600-goal academy striker Charlie McNeill from rivals Manchester City.
The England youth international is set to leave City after rejecting a professional contract at the Etihad Stadium – and United want to pitch for the highly regarded youngster.
McNeill didn’t turn 17 until September, forcing the two clubs to agree on fees or risk the finances being tried in court.
Manchester United want to sign young striker Charlie McNeill from rivals Manchester City
They remain locked in discussions and it is understood that McNeill will cost seven figures, given his scoring exploits in academy teams and his international experience.
City are said to be hoping to include a number of additional performance-related clauses, but currently find themselves at a stalemate with their long-distance rivals.
McNeill is a United fan and spent his early years with their junior teams before moving to City six years ago. The impressive number of goals from the center-forward at youth level has been accumulated at both clubs.
He has recently found limited opportunities with the city’s under-18s and wants to take on a new challenge elsewhere.
England youth star set to leave Etihad stadium after rejecting contract offer
McNeill announced his decision to leave last month on Instagram as he assesses his future
City don’t want to stay in their way, although they expect to recover a fee that reflects their ability.
The lengthy negotiations with United could alert people like Wolves and newly promoted Leeds United who are also stalking the teenager.
McNeill announced he was due to leave City last month. “A huge thank you to Man City for everything over the past six years,” he said.
“It was such a pleasure playing with amazing players and I also made some amazing friends. Thanks to all the staff and players for helping me develop as a player and also as a person. I wish everyone the best.