Manchester United have reportedly agreed a first-refusal option with Sporting Lisbon over the signing of teenage starlet Luis Gomes.
The youngster has been labelled as ‘the next Luis Figo’ in Portugal and signed his first professional contact by penning a five-year deal with the capital club last week, turning down enquiries from Atletico Madrid to continue his development with Sporting.
Sporting have a long and illustrious history of producing top talents and Gomes appears to be the latest prospect to emerge from the club’s hallowed academy ranks, with the Mirror reporting that United have made their move to facilitate a potential future move.
According to the report, the Red Devils have struck an agreement with Sporting that will see the club handed first-refusal should the Lisbon outfit opt to sell Gomes, the deal coming included with a fee of £14m.
United have previously enjoyed success when signing talents from Sporting with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Bruno Fernandes having all swapped the Portuguese side for Old Trafford, and the club will be delighted to have secured an agreement for a player many feel can follow in the footsteps of Sporting’s former world-class academy graduates.
The potential deal is the latest show of investment in the future by the Red Devils’ hierarchy, following significant fees spent on several teenage prospects including Hannibal Mejbri and summer signings Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri.