Barnsley boss Lee Johnson is keen to sign Manchester United midfielder Ben Pearson on a permanent deal this summer.
The 20-year-old enjoyed his first loan spell away from Man United at League One side Barnsley and left a fantastic impression on the club having come second in their end of season Young Player of the Year awards, despite only joining halfway through the year.
Pearson has bags of potential which he started to show on loan at Pearson and speaking about a potential deal, Johnson insisted the youngster has a great career ahead of him if he can fulfill on that promise.
“Ben Pearson has been excellent this season,” Johnson said.
“He’s still got a lot to learn, so I think this could be a place for him to learn.
“We can improve him and give him games as well. He’s a nice lad and I like him.
“He sometimes needs to train a little bit harder than he does, but we’re on him.
“But if he does then he’ll no doubt go on to have a very good career.”
If Pearson was made available on a permanent transfer then it is unlikely that Barnsley would be the only club interested in signing him. However, Louis van Gaal is surely unlikely to sell Pearson seeing as he has progressed so well this season.
Another loan spell could be a potential option for Pearson but if van Gaal feels he is ready for a first-team opportunity, there is every chance the 20-year-old midfielder will be part of the squad for the pre-season tour.