Manchester United were able to agree a deal to sign teenager Saidy Janko from FC Zurich for £700,000 before the 11pm summer transfer window deadline on Monday night.
17-year-old Janko caught the eye of Red Devils coaches at this year’s FIFA Blue Stars Tournament.
The right-sided defender played a big part in FC Zurich’s 0-0 draw against a Manchester United side that included current starlet Adnan Januzaj.
Janko was initially given a trial with the club, and he impressed enough to secure a permanent move to Old Trafford.
The youngster, who was in born in Switzerland, can play further forward on the right side but will initially look to make an impact in United’s various youth teams as a full-back.
It is believed that United offered his family a re-location package to allow Janko to settle quickly into his new surroundings, as well as agreeing to pay Zurich additional fees depending on his progress which could take the total transfer to over £1m.
Janko is the second youngster to sign for the Old Trafford club after they added Uruguayan under-20 International Guilermo Varela to their ranks earlier in the summer.
Manchester United have always looked to develop their own players, with club legends Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes both having gone through the youth system to become big stars. And, whilst Janko has been drafted in for a fee, David Moyes will be hoping he becomes a star of the future.
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