Manchester United are set to sign Fulham Under-18 midfielder DJ Buffonge later this week.
This is according to Goal.com journalist Greg Stobart, who revealed the news on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
“Manchester United investing in youth as well as first team,” Stobart tweeted. “Told they will sign Fulham u18 midfielder DJ Buffonge this week #MUFC”.
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Few - if any - Manchester United fans would have heard of Buffonge prior to this week, but the talented attacking midfielder appears to have a bright future ahead of him.
According to Squawka, Buffonge joined Fulham’s academy from Arsenal in 2010 before breaking into the Cottagers’ Under-18 side at the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
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DJ Buffonge in action
The teenager, whose full name is Darren Junior Buffonge, turned 17 in May and is now expected to continue his development in Manchester United’s academy.
Whether he possesses the talent to become a first-team regular at Old Trafford in the future is unclear - but you can judge for yourselves by watching these YouTube videos of the teenager in action.
Interestingly enough, a football consultant by the name of ‘D Buffonge’ - who has posted links to DJ in action before - was live on Periscope on Tuesday from Old Trafford.
The videos show him on the Old Trafford tour - albeit with members of the public, rather than being shown around by members of the Manchester United coaching staff.
No announcement expected
United are unlikely to make any sort of announcement due to the player’s lack of profile and, most importantly, his age.
However, at the age of 17, Buffonge is approaching that crucial stage in his career where it becomes essential for talented young players like himself to gain first-team experience.
A season cutting his teeth in the Manchester United academy could be followed up by a loan spell away from Old Trafford if Louis van Gaal and his coaching staff decide the teenager is ready for first-team action.
Breaking into United's first team is tough
One thing’s for certain: breaking into the Manchester United first team won’t be easy for Buffonge.
Some of the most gifted players to emerge from United’s academy have struggle to force their way into the first team over recent years - such as Ravel Morrison, Will Keane and, of course, Paul Pogba.
But the likes of Adnan Januzaj, James Wilson, Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett are proof that is is possible - even at a time when Manchester United are spending millions of pounds every summer on new players.
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