Manchester City tried their best this summer to lure 16-year-old midfielder from Manchester United in an audacious bid.
The Sunday People have revealed that City were willing to pay Gribbin £11,000 a week to make the move over to the Etihad, which is a phenomenal amount.
Man United were able to convince Gribbin that Carrington was the best place for him to develop and the move never went through, but it says a lot about City’s financial power that they are able to offer youngsters over £500,000 a year.
Gribbin instead decided to sign his first professional contract at United at the club and given how much potential he has, it’s certainly a good thing that United were able to hold onto him.
City’s academy has made considerable waves in changing the landscape in Manchester in terms of options for youngsters but United’s ability to keep Gribbin shows that money isn’t everything. That being said, it does highlight how different it is for United now in terms of having a monopoly on the best youngsters.
This season, Gribbin has been playing with United’s U19s in the UEFA Youth League and will be looking to have an impact with the U21s when he gets his opportunity.