Barnsley star Mason Holgate will likely complete a move away from the club soon, having been training with Manchester United for the past few weeks.
The right-back’s manager, Lee Johnson, has confirmed that it’s looking likely he will be moving on this summer having caught the attention of the Premier League’s big boys, despite the fact he is just 18-years-old.
Recent reports have detailed how Holgate has trained with United, with it said that they could make a £1million bid for his services. Newcastle United are also interested, and, as Johnson told the Sheffield Star, things aren’t looking good for the Tykes.
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"There’s been a lot of interest in Mason and, at this stage it looks like we’re destined to lose him,” he said.
“But you never know what’s going to happen.
“The player can always change his mind.
“It’s great for the lad to be training with Manchester United, it’s a fantastic opportunity.
“But of course I want him to stay and really feel as though he could benefit from a full season in our first team.”
A full-back by trade, Holgate made 22 appearances across all competitions for Barnsley last season, though it’s clearly assumed by certain powers in England’s top flight that he is better than League One, or at least has the potential to be.
If he joins United he will become the fifth signing Louis van Gaal has made this summer, following the likes of Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian moving to Old Trafford.
Moving on up
Of course it’s logical to assume he won’t be pushing for a first-team place like those individuals will be, but that doesn’t mean fans shouldn’t be excited about his signature all the same.
Van Gaal has proven in the past that he has a knack for pushing through young talent, and that’s something that will likely be at the fore of Holgate’s mind.
That said his journey to the right-back position at United, however far down the line that may be, will have been made all the more difficult by the fact that Van Gaal might not even give Darmian a proper shot at it.
Van Gaal's plans
The Dutchman has confirmed that he plans on using Antonio Valencia as his primary option on the right flank this term, having presumably captured Darmian to act as the Ecuadorian’s backup initially.
Since Darmian is only 25 he will be around for a long time yet, and if he’s forced to wait in line for his shot you can bet your bottom dollar Holgate will be in a similar position.
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