It’s been a bit quiet in the Football Transfer Tavern today, which we’ll put down to the storm affecting commuters, but Gary Jones from the Daily Star has made it through the transport chaos to enjoy a post-work beverage at the bar.
Jones arrives with some interesting news for punters that Manchester United are closing in on a deal to sign promising FC Basel youngster Michael Gonçalves.
The 18-year-old defender currently features in the Swiss side’s U-21 team but has been raising eyebrows with some assured performances and that have reportedly brought admirers from England as David Moyes seeks to recruit talented youngsters.
Already this season, Moyes has given 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj a chance in the United first-team and the brilliant winger is now tied down to a new five-year contract at Old Trafford following some highly impressive displays for the Red Devils.
Gonçalves is tipped to be a future star in his native country and he could be available for a possible transfer to England in the summer as Moyes looks to maintain and build on United’s reputation for developing young players.
If the Swiss U-19 international was to make the switch to the United youth set-up he would become the second Swiss youngster at Old Trafford, after Moyes signed Saidy Janko from FC Zurich after he stood out during this year’s FIFA Blue Stars Tournament.
As has been widely discussed in the tavern, it’s been a tough start to life as United boss for Moyes but his policy of signing up the finest youngsters from around Europe gives hope for a very positive future at the Manchester club.