Deal agreed: Blow for Manchester United as Liverpool sign young defender for £200k

Manchester United have missed out as Liverpool agree a £200k deal with Falkirk for defender Tony Gallacher, reports Metro. The 18-year-old had a successful week-long trial at Liverpool’s academy, and will ply his trade for the reserve side for the time being.

Gallacher was reportedly watched by Barcelona recently, but it was United’s fierce rivals who beat them to his signature. The Scotland u19 international joined Falkirk u20s in 2015, and had since become a regular for the first-team – making 26 appearances in all competitions.

It’s a blow for Jose Mourinho, and could mean he now turns his attentions to another young left-back instead. Manchester United’s current options of Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian are good enough to last the season, but Darmian could leave in the summer and Young isn’t getting any younger.

It’s not often United miss out on a player to Liverpool, and Gallacher might feel his chances of breaking into the first-team are considerably difficult given Liverpool have 23-year-old Scottish left-back already earmarked to be a future regular in the defence – Andrew Robertson, who signed from Hull City in July last year.

Gallacher has made 11 appearances for Falkirk this season.

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