Despite completing the transfer, the youngster will only formally move to Manchester at the start of next season, although he will be training on-and-off with United for the remainder of this term, as his family alternate between staying in Belgium and England.
The attacking midfielder is regarded as a promising talent, and he will be looking to be part of the next wave of Belgian prospects who are breaking through. He could soon be lining up with fellow countryman Adnan Januzaj at Old Trafford, and Boonen’s father Jacky has told HBVL that it was meeting Januzaj and Marouane Fellaini that convinced the youngster to choose United over other interested suitors.
The same article claims that Manchester City, Arsenal, Feyenoord and Wolfsburg were all similarly tracking Boonen alongside United, and that all five clubs invited him to tour their respective training grounds in an attempt to woo him. As reported, United won the race for his signature, and the club will be hoping that he builds on his early promise to develop into a real first-team star.
Quoted in the article, Jacky Boonen said: “Indy was especially impressed [with United] when he met his compatriots Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj.”
The original HLN story claimed that United had also agreed the signing of Boonen’s 13-year-old brother Seppe, a goalkeeper. However, no deal has been confirmed, and the duo’s dad has revealed that a host of other English clubs are interested in him, and that no deal can be agreed until he turns 16 years old.
He added: “It may happen that our other son Seppe - who is just 13-years-old and plays in goal - will sign for Manchester United at some point. But there are other English clubs that have presented themselves to him. Moreover, he may not sign until his 16th birthday.”