Manchester United close to transfer of Crewe youngster Powell

 

 

The 18-year old Crewe youngster Powell (pictured left) lifts a United shirt with the club's chief executive David Gill (pictured left)


  

By Alex Byrom
Deputy Football Editor

 

Manchester United have today confirmed that they have agreed to sign Crewe Alexandra's highly rated 18-year-old forward Nick Powell.

The clubs have settled a £3 million fee for Powell and have agreed a 4 year contract. He will officially join the Old Trafford club on July 1st. A fee of £3 million will be paid immediately, with the rest based on appearances and success at Old Trafford.

Powell is an England Under-18 international and scored 16 goals in 45 matches for Crewe last season as the club were promoted to League One.

United beat a host of clubs keen to sign Powell, who scored a spectacular goal to open the scoring in last month's 2-0 League Two play-off final victory over Cheltenham at Wembley.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said on the signing: "He is an exceptional talent and has been well schooled at Crewe. I am delighted that he has decided to join United and we are looking forward to working with him."

Powell said: "It really is a dream come true to play for Manchester United. I have had a fantastic time at Crewe and I want to thanks them for helping me to develop as a player in the last thirteen years. I'm excited about continuing my development with some world class players. 

On Monday, Crewe manager Steve Davis denied that the player would be loaned back. "I still envisage him leaving us this summer, but if it doesn't happen then we would welcome him back for pre-season. We'll see what happens this week because obviously I would like to know as soon as possible if we are moving forward without him or not," he said. 

Although he won't be joining Crewe on loan, it is expected that he will be loaned out next season to further his progression with a host of Championship clubs interested.

United - England's most successful club - have increased their spending on youngesters in recent years, with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Javier Hernandez, the Da Silva twins and David de Gea all joining in recent years. 

If he does join, he will be United's second summer signing after the Manchester club agreed a deal to sign Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund last week.


Click here to watch Powell's stunning goal at Wembley for Crewe in play-off final

 

 

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