Manchester United are on the verge of completing a £4million deal to sign highly rated striker Angelo Henriquez from Universidad de Chile - the latest South American starlet tipped to shine in the Premier League.
The 18-year-old touched down in England on Tuesday morning, to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms, with Sir Alex Ferguson set to meet the teenager personally ahead of his proposed move to Old Trafford.
Henriquez's transfer will more than likely pass quietly under the radar, though, due to the impending arrival of headline signing Robin van Persie from Arsenal, but United fans should make no mistake about the calibre of player they are acquiring.
Despite his relative obscurity to the wider football world, Ferguson has been monitoring the youngster's progress for a number of years, despatching chief scout Jim Lawlor to make regular personal checks on Henriquez, after he was first spotted by the Red Devils' extensive network of talent spotters, playing for Chile's under-17 side.
Having consistently featured in the national youth teams from under-15 through to under-23 level, the forward has scored an impressive 21 goals in 18 appearances, with 16 of those strikes coming during his most recent tour with Chile U20s earlier this summer.
After a successful breakthrough season at club level in 2011-12, where Henriquez scored 11 goals in 17 league appearances, helping Universidad to the domestic title, manager Jorge Sampaoli had high hopes for a player he entrusted with filling the void left by Gustavo Canales, after he was sold to Chinese Super League side Dalian Aerbin in December.
On the continent, Henriquez has made an even bigger impression, in the Copa Libertadores - the South American equivalent of the Champions League - with a string of scintillating performances against a far higher standard of opposition, and this is believed to be one of the reasons why United have brought the move forward to this summer.
The Old Trafford hierarchy agreed a 'first option' deal with Universidad that meant they could purchase the starlet for around €5million at any time until 2014, helping them to beat off rival interest from a host of different clubs, including Manchester City, who reportedly made a late attempt to lure Henriquez to the Etihad Stadium.
In terms of playing style, the Chilean is more like Danny Welbeck than Javier Hernandez, with movement and speed his main strengths going forward. However, his link-up play and awareness is also impressive for a player so inexperienced, whilst Henriquez also possesses a strength that belies is slim, 5ft 11in frame, and should stand him in good stead for the rigours of Premier League football.
It remains to be seen whether or not Ferguson will enrol Henriquez straight into United's first-team plans, with the club currently considering a number of options, including a season-long loan spell with another English club, or even being immediately sent back to Universidad for the upcoming campaign.
With Van Persie set to sign a four-year deal at Old Trafford, and partner Wayne Rooney in attack, the Red Devils will have no shortage of options up-front, with Welbeck, Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov all in reserve, as well as another encouraging academy prospect in Will Keane. Competition for places will be at a premium, and so Henriquez may be better off staying put, as he looks to continue his development in his homeland, under the watchful eye of United's coaches.
Either way, the deal proves South America's reputation as an enduring hotbed of talent is as strong as ever, and the recognition of Chile as a genuine power in that part of the world means it should be no surprise to see more new faces arriving in the coming years.
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