French outfit Valenciennes confirmed that Manchester United had signed defender Dayot Upamecano on transfer deadline day before the deal collapsed, reports the Express.
The report has suggested that the Red Devils had agreed to sign the 16-year-old for a fee worth up to £1 million, however it appears that the deal broke down late on in negotiations.
It appears, though, that the Ligue 2 outfit thought the deal was done as the revealed on their official site that the player had signed for the English giants.
The club's website revealed: "Dayot Upamecano, 16, has signed to Manchester United for €450,000 (£350,000), with €900,000 (£650,000) bonuses."
However, citing French press, the same report has revealed that the move broke down, meaning the youngster will continue to ply his trade with the club until the end of the season.
The youngster, who has featured at Under-17 level for France, looks set for a bright future in the game, with the same report revealing that Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in his signature.
United could return
However, The Express has revealed that Manchester United are expected to renew their interest in the defender in the summer, but it remains to be seen as to whether they're able to conclude the deal.
It appears, then, that, despite the transfer failure, Louis van Gaal and Co. are taking youth development seriously at the Theatre of Dreams as they go in search of long term success.
Manchester United's Dutch boss has handed a number of young players the opportunity to showcase their talents in the first-team this term, with the likes of James Wilson, Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair all staring for the club.
Wilson and McNair both featured in the Red Devils' victory over Cambridge United last night, with the former finding the back of the net in the 3-0 win.
There's no doubt about it, with Van Gaal in charge at Old Trafford, United's youngsters will continue to be handed first-team opportunities.
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