Manchester United are set to raid Derby County's academy for three teenagers as the Championship club bid to raise funds to ease their boost their finances.
The Rams have already allowed highly-rated 16-year-old Kaide Gordon to join Liverpool this month.
And now the club are in talks with United over a deal which could see them earn a £750,000 windfall to let go three players who are all under the age of 15.
According to The Athletic , Derby were happy to enter discussions with United chiefs regarding a transfer fee, rather than a compensation figure be decided by tribunal.
Derby's academy has gained a solid reputation for developing young talent, and the sale will give the club a much-needed cash injection at a time of financial uncertainty.
Derby boss Wayne Rooney – whose son Kai trains in United's academy set-up – was asked for his opinion on the trio prior to his old club making their move.
Rooney did not have the final say, however, with United scouts running the rule over the potential new recruits before sanctioning the deal.
The deal appears to be part of a wider strategy aimed at bolstering United's academy with promising talent from across Europe.
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Only in October did United land three players from overseas, with defenders Marc Jurado and Alvaro Fernandez Carreras joining the under-18s from Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, as well as midfielder Isak Hansen-Aaroen from Tromso.
Those signings were made in addition to the arrivals of Radek Vitek from Sigma Olomouc, and the subsequent signings of Alejandro Garnacho from Atletico Madrid, and Willy Kambwala from Sochaux.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown he is prepared to give youth a chance if they are good enough to make the step up to senior level.
Shola Shoretire, 17, was the latest academy graduate to make his first-team debut as a second-half substitute in Sunday's 3-1 win over Newcastle.
Hannibal Mejbri, 18 – who was signed for £9million in 2019 from Monaco – and Joe Hugill, 17, are tipped to be the next star's off United's production line in the months to come.
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