Manchester United appear to be close to completing the signing of Leicester City youngster Jeffrey Schlupp, according to the Telegraph. The Ghanaian international has been at Old Trafford since January when he was invited for a trial and has featured in their last two under 21 matches.
Sir Alex Ferguson and his staff have been suitably impressed by 20 year old Schlupp and a deal is expected to be completed this week.
Leicester boss Nigel Pearson sounded resigned to losing the promising youngster when he spoke about the deal: “I think we’ll be discussing this week what the next step is. He’s done well at United, he’s played the last two games that he can play there so clearly it’s going to have some effect this week.”
The fee is expected to be in the region of £2.5m depending on bonuses and add-ons, but if he signs for United, Schlupp will be ineligible to be loaned back to Leicester again this season.
Schlupp will be the latest in a recent group of youngsters arriving at Old Trafford from the lower leagues. Schlupp will join fellow hopefuls, Nick Powell and Wilfried Zaha who have arrived at United from Crewe Alexandra at Crystal Palace respectively in recent months.
Ferguson is clearly willing to invest time and patience into potential as well as spending big on the finished article as he did in buying £22m man, Robin Van Persie last summer.