Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Deportivo Sapirssa starlet Luis Jose Hernandez, according to Costa Rica's U17 coach Randall Chacon.
The South American tactician confirmed in a live television broadcast that the 16-year-old defender is on his way to Old Trafford, during the senior national team's recent encounter with Haiti.
According to local publication Deporticos.co.er, Hernandez will link up with the Red Devils development squad in the next few weeks, but he's currently focusing on helping his country qualify for the 2015 Youth World Cup in Chile.
“Effectively, from the information that we have is that the young boy Hernandez from the U17 squad will sign for Manchester United,” confirmed Chacon ahead of his side's forthcoming matches against Panama and Mexico.
Louis van Gaal is not exactly short of options on the left side of his defence, having signed both Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo last summer. However, the acquisition of this talented teenager would be with the long-term future in mind.
Hernandez's prospective switch to the Premier League would see him follow in the footsteps of fellow Sapirssa graduates like Joel Campbell and Bryan Oviedo, while Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is another product of the Costa Rican outfit's esteemed youth academy.
Of course, Manchester United have a pretty impressive record when it comes to the nurturing and development of young talent. Could this Costa Rican youth international be the next future star to emerge from obscurity and becoming a first-team regular at Old Trafford?