Manchester United have completed the signing of Coventry City wonderkid Charlie McCann for an undisclosed fee.
The 15-year-old’s move to the club was announced by Coventry in September but McCann has now officially joined the club.
An England under-16 international, McCann made his debut for his country at that level in a 2-0 win against Uruguay last season.
A fee is involved in the transfer, but neither club, for obvious reasons, will announce that. McCann confirmed he has now joined United on social media, writing on Instagram: “Happy to sign for Manchester United, a new chapter begins.”
He also changed his Twitter profile picture, showing him signing a contract at United’s Carrington Aon Training Complex.
The Englishman had been at Coventry since the age of seven, and his parents reportedly told the club that he wouldn’t have left the Sky Blues for any other team but the lure of United, who he’s supported from a young age, was too much.
“When a big football club come knocking, and it is the club that Charlie supports, you must let him go and have that experience,” Coventry’s Academy boss Rich Stevens revealed.
“His parents told me that if it would have been any other club it would have been a firm no, but when it is the club that Charlie supports, that is football. Charlie goes with our full support.”
It’s the latest piece of good news in an excellent couple of years of recruitment for United, regularly beating other top European sides to sought-after youngsters. They fought off competition from Man City and Juventus to sign former-PSG midfielder Aliou Traore, who’s now signed a professional deal at the club.
Signings like Tahith Chong, Lee O’Connor, Arnau Puigmal, Josh Bohui and Indy Boonen are having success in the youth sides. Nicky Butt took over as head of the academy a couple of years ago and has done a fantastic job thus far.
Traore is one of three players to recently sign their first professional contracts at United, alongside Angel Gomes and Puigmal.