Dinamo Zagreb manager Zoran Mamic has confirmed the club have struck a deal to sign Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez on a permanent basis.
Henriquez has been on loan with Dinamo since the start of the campaign - and has impressed everyone at the Maksimir by scoring an eye-catching 15 goals in 18 appearances this season.
But the Chile international will not be returning to Old Trafford this summer, according to Mamic. Instead the 20-year-old will stay permanently with Dinamo.
Mamic: We have signed Henriquez
According to Prensa Football, Mamic told reporters: “We have bought him outright for a million euros. We have already signed a contract with him for the summer. There is no doubt it is ours and deal is resolved.”
Henriquez failed to make a competitive appearance for the Red Devils after arriving at Old Trafford from Universidad de Chile in 2012.
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Henriquez's Manchester United career
Sir Alex Ferguson agreed to sign the youngster on the recommendation of scouts following his impressive goalscoring exploits in Chile - and with the Chilean national team, with whom he made his debut for at the age of 18 - but could find no place for him in United’s starting line-up.
Ferguson subsequently arranged for Henriquez to move on loan to Wigan Athletic, but the South American only made four Premier League appearances for the Latics before returning to Old Trafford in the summer of 2013.
Ferguson’s replacement, David Moyes, took a look at Henriquez during pre-season but decided another loan spell was in his best interests. The Chilean forward scored six goals in 25 matches for Real Zaragoza, but it’s in Croatia where the player has rediscovered his goalscoring touch.
Henriquez’s seven league goals have helped keep Dinamo at the top of the league table in the Croatian top flight, while he has scored a further eight goals in cup competitions, including the Europa League.
United's current batch of strikers
The scheduled departure of Henriquez will leave Manchester United with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, James Wilson, Will Keane and, provided he returns, Javier Hernandez as their group of strikers this summer.
Radamel Falcao could also be added to that list if United boss Louis van Gaal opts to turn his loan deal into a permanent contract this summer. After recent events, however, that’s looking more unlikely that even before.
[Quotes translated by Sport Witness]
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