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Manchester Utd are set to confirm the triple signing of Marc Jurado, Alvaro Fernandez and Isak Hansen-Aaroen when they receive international clearance. Of these three signings, fans are excited about Jurado. The 16-year-old right-back is considered one of the best current talents in Barcelona’s famed development system.
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So, who is this ‘Wonder kid’?
Born in April 2004, Jurado started his football career at Can Rull in Catalonia before joining Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy at the age of seven. He hit the headlines in 2013 after scoring for Barcelona’s Under-10s within five seconds of kick-off in a game against Viladecans, which is the fastest goal ever recorded at youth level till date. Here is the video of it
He was also part of the team that beat Real Madrid in the Under-12s Mediterranean International Cup in 2016, scoring the opening goal in the final. He has been playing for the club’s Under-16 side this season and was due to be promoted to the Under-17s for the 2020-21 campaign.
But Jurado turned down the offer of a contract extension from the La Liga side in favour of a switch to Old Trafford. His contract expired on June 30 2020 and United will only have to pay a compensation fee of around £175,000 for the talented 16-year-old.
As Per MEN,
Barcelona had moved to sign wonderkid Ansu Fati to a new long-term deal at the club, while Ilaix Moriba, Pablo Paez and Ilias have all also signed new contracts in the last year. They viewed Jurado as a key part of their promising generation but have been unable to convince him to stay at the club.
Jurado is similar to Dani Carvajal: pacy, technically gifted and with good crossing skills. Barcelona were eager to give him a new long-term agreement, but it seems playing in the Premier League has sparked an interest in the teen’s mind. Surprisingly, Jurado’s move to the Theatre of Dreams has sewn up comparisons to Gerrard Pique who also switched from Barcelona to United at the age of 17 in 2004.
As a modern full-back, he’s known to do his best work while surging forward and has also shown an impressive eye for goal at Barcelona. It is anticipated that Jurado will join United’s Under-18 side next season and the teenager will hope to impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But his path to the first team will be tough, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Diogo Dalot and Timothy Fosu-Mensah all in his position.
— United Zone (@ManUnitedZone_) June 29, 2020