At the end of last month, Manchester United appeared to move closer to a new signing – after reportedly securing first-refusal on Slavia Sofia defender Stefan Velkov.
The 17-year-old completed a week’s trial at Old Trafford and, after the player returned to his current club, Slavia president Ventsislav Stefanov was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying, “Impressions are excellent. They even gave him a special programme in which to work to.
“Manchester United wants to have the first option. Our relationship with them has always been very good.”
He then added, either cryptically or teasingly depending on how you view such things, “Within two or three months things will be clearer with United.”
It appeared a deal was on the way, and now fresh reports suggest one of Europe’s brightest young defenders could have his heart set on a move to Old Trafford.
Website 24chasa is reporting that Roma have had a request to take Velkov on trial rejected.
The report claims the Serie A club invited the player over to Italy but the option was rejected by his club; and given the ease with which United conducted their own trial, it appears they are indeed in the box-seat for a player also said to be attracting interest from CSKA Moscow.
As Velkov’s club president said himself, things may be a lot clearer for United fans in just a few short months.
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