Manchester United have managed to hold off strong competition from neighbouring City to agree a deal for promising starlet Venancio da Silva Monteiro, reports The Mail.
The 15-year-old has been training with the Red Devils after leaving Benfica in April and has thoroughly impressed coaches at the Aon training complex. However, it was only a fortnight ago that Manchester United had appeared to miss out on Monteiro.
A report in the same newspaper claimed that Manchester City had swooped in and offered the Portuguese winger the chance to join Patrick Vieira's elite development squad at their state of the art £200 million training complex, which opened its doors last week.
It was a surprising turn of events as it had been assumed that Monteiro would eventually agree to sign for Manchester United despite paperwork preventing him from playing for their youth team.
It now appears Monteiro has agreed to sign a professional contract with Manchester United when he eventually turns 16. With coaches having high hopes for his future, it brings an end to a situation that threatened to bare comparison to that of Paul Pogba.
First team opportunities
Louis van Gaal may have had a big influence on the deal after granting first team opportunities to Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair this season. The inexperienced pair have been integrated into the first team while Jesse Lingard is also expected to feature when recovers from a knee injury.
Meanwhile Manchester City have had no one of note come through the academy and into the first team since they were taken over by the Abu Dhabi royal family in 2008. That would have been a big concern for Monteiro, who will be hoping for first team opportunities some time in the next three years.
But the Citizens have invested a lot of money in their academy in recent times with the youth team seen as the perfect way to fall in line with financial fair play regulations. Vieira is currently blooding several promising youngsters. However, as yet, none have made a significant impact on the team.