Man Utd ‘near first transfer of Sir Jim Ratcliffe era’ as Arsenal and Chelsea miss out | Football | Sport

Manchester United are edging closer to the club’s first signing of the Sir Jim Ratcliffe era at the expense of Premier League rivals, including Arsenal and Chelsea, according to reports. The Red Devils are set to welcome the latest recruit to their prestigious academy, which produced its 249th first-team debutant on Monday.

Erik ten Hag included 12 academy names in his 20-player squad for the FA Cup third-round clash against Wigan Athletic, five of which started.

Omari Forson joined Willy Kambwala and Hannibal Mejbri in featuring from the bench, making his senior bow at the DW Stadium.

United actively seek promising young talent to add to the club’s youth ranks and nurture, preparing them for the step into the first-team squad or to another club.

According to the Daily Record, Queen’s Park goalkeeper Callan McKenna looks set to be the latest recruit amid heavyweight rival interest.

It’s claimed that United are in advanced talks to sign the 17-year-old stopper in a six-figure deal, including add-ons that could see Queen’s receive at least £1million.

McKenna – Scotland U19 captain – has already made seven first-team appearances for the Spiders this season.

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His progress was halted by injury, but he looks to have caught the eye of some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.

United have reportedly fended off interest from Arsenal and Chelsea, among other English top-flight suitors, to move close to a swoop.

McKenna had previous academy spells at Scottish champions Celtic and Hibernian before graduating from Queen’s’ set up. He also trained at Leicester City earlier in his short career.

Queen’s, who play in the Scottish Championship, are said to have invested heavily in their youth infrastructure and now look set to land a healthy reward.

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