Manchester United have not signed Costa Rican prospect, FA confirms

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It was reported that Manchester United had agreed a deal with 16-year-old Costa Rican Luis Jose Hernandez.

Luis Jose Hernandez’s Under-17 coach Randall Chacon told deporticos.co.cr that the 16-year-old left-back has agreed a deal with Manchester United, but the Costa Rican FA has denied the deal.

Currently turning out for Deportivo Saprissa, the youngster has been impressing onlookers for a number of months, and Chacon reportedly told the press that he had agreed a deal with United to transfer to England in the coming months.

It would come as no surprise to see the Red Devils sign another young talent from world football, having utilised the foreign markets many times before, and no eyebrows were raised with the confirmation of the deal.

However, it appears that Chacon has jumped the gun concerning Hernandez’s transfer to Old Trafford, with a new report in Sensacion Deportiva stating that no deal has been agreed.

In the article, quotes from the Costa Rican Football Association cleared up the transfer situation, confirming that, although Hernandez had been on trial in England in 2014, he had received no approach to transfer permanently.

Quoted in the article, the FA’s head of communications, Christmas Williams, said: “Currently it has no basis, the player was in England in January 2014 doing an internship in England but there is no contract and no possibility of it.”

Deportiva Saprissa have long been an outlet for some of Costa Rica’s best talent, with a number of their former players now turning out in Europe. Arsenal’s on-loan forward Joel Campbell is one high profile name to have graduated from Saprissa’s academy, whilst Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas made his debut for their first-team in 2005.

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