FC Zurich sensation Nishan Burkart will join Manchester United after failing to agree on terms to stay with his current club, his father has confirmed.
Burkart Sr told Bilk - as relayed by the Daily Mirror - that the move will take place this summer, as he has ‘different ideas’ to that of Zurich.
It’s said in the Mirror’s report that Burkart has been tentatively linked with both Arsenal and Chelsea of late, but it’s Manchester United who have won the apparent race for the 16-year-old’s signature.
Currently serving as the captain of the Swiss side’s U16 team, it’s clear that Burkart has potential. Whether or not United’s academy can harness that in the coming years remains to be seen.
In any case, his transfer to Manchester has been all but confirmed. Whilst not officially a done deal, both his father, Stefan, and Basel’s club president has assured that it will come to fruition.
"We have decided to leave the club in the summer. Nishan switches to Manchester United. He just has different ideas, that's what business is like," his father said.
Basel's president, Ancilo Canepa, took a very different stance on the matter: "Nishan Burkart’s family have decided to move him to Manchester United.
"Therefore we have decided not to use the player. We are concerned with planning for the squad next season."
Naturally, fans will be excited given the level of players they’ve produced from their academy in the past. It will be hoped that Burkart can live up to the ridiculously high levels of expectation at Old Trafford, though that, obviously, is a task easier said than done.