Rare is the occasion that Manchester United lament missing out on a young world class talent. The club is an absolute goldmine for transfer and news outlets because United are linked with so many players due to an extensive scouting network and their name carries weight; clubs are happy to namedrop the Old Trafford side when attempting to stir teams into action, and newspapers and websites know that any reported interest that United have in a player will always be of great interest to its gigantic fanbase.
Even when young players do sign for the club, that’s rarely a guarantee of success. Of the many highly-rated youngsters to have arrived at Carrington over the last decade, only Paul Pogba can lay claim to have become a truly world class talent (although Marcus Rashford could change that), even if many of the young players to have left United’s academy have gone on to enjoy steady careers all over the world.
With that in mind, it’s difficult to get too disheartened when news breaks that a teenager that United have supposedly been tracking for some time chooses another club over them. Rodrigo Bentacur, from Brazilian side Boca Juniors is reported to be close to a move to reigning Italian Serie A champions Juventus, report the International Business Times via Argentinian station TyC Sports.
Boca Juniors present Daniel Angelici had this to say on the deal: “It is already signed. When I was in Switzerland recently Juventus informed me that that they were going to activate the option so I will travel to Turin soon in order to complete the deal. I think it’s very good business for Boca. Juventus will pay €7.5m for 50% of his rights.”
It’s difficult to be too downcast at such news. United already have several promising youngsters in their starting XI who are either still teenagers or in their early twenties with incredible potential, with Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial all capable of being a huge part of United’s short and long term future. Rashford’s rise has been particularly satisfying due to his emergence from the club’s academy, and whilst there may be some consternation inside the club due to losing out on Bentacur to the Bianconeri, from a fan’s perspective, there are plenty of young, exciting players already at the club and playing within the first team to be too downcast about missing out on another.