Manchester United and Manchester City have turned their eyes towards Sunderland’s promising young shot-stopper, Matthew Young.
A report by i news, indicates that the 16-year-old is already being hailed as the next Jordan Pickford, who also began his journey at the Black Cats before making his mark with the national team.
Having consistently featured for Sunderland’s Under-18 squad this term, Young made a notable appearance for the senior side during their pre-season US tour.
Lauded for his agility, composure, and adeptness with the ball at his feet, Sunderland’s management is quite optimistic about Young’s future, crafting a meticulous roadmap for his career progression.
However, as per i news, Young’s consistent performances have not gone unnoticed.
Man City’s scouting department has been frequently sending representatives to monitor his games for the U18s this season.
The youngster’s profile has also popped up on the FA’s radar, hinting at an imminent call-up for the national youth teams.
In a show of commitment to the club’s vision, Young rebuffed approaches from Wolverhampton Wanderers last summer, opting instead to ink a two-year scholarship deal with the Stadium of Light. This move came alongside the signing of England U17 star Chris Rigg, signaling Sunderland’s intent to safeguard their premier academy talents.
With an internal promotion strategy in place, Sunderland aims to shield its brightest prospects from external overtures. Yet, the ever-increasing swarm of scouts attending their U18 and U23 matches indicates their growing reputation in the football fraternity.
The recent departure of 15-year-old goalkeeper Toby Bell to Chelsea stands as a stark reminder of the threats posed by the Premier League bigwigs.
Should United decide to acquire Young, the transaction is anticipated to be seamless.
The amicable ties between the two clubs, particularly due to last season’s loan arrangement involving Amad Diallo, play in their favor. Moreover, with the winter window around the corner, Sunderland’s continuing interest in Diallo could serve as a potential sweetener.