Throughout the week, you may have seen speculation linking Manchester United with the signature of Valencia youngster Fran Villalba, but that proposed deal is now dead in the water, it seems.
The 18-year-old would have been available for a fee of £3.6m, due to a release clause, and SportsWitness have quoted the player’s agent as revealing contact had been made between Man United and the U-19 Spanish youth international.
However, it seems those rumours may have been nothing more than bargaining chips to be used in Villalba’s negotiations with Valencia for a new deal and the teenager took to Twitter yesterday to confirm he’s put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal.
— Fran Villalba (@franvillalba10) October 18, 2016
The news will understandably be a blow to Manchester United and the fans who wanted the highly-rated youngster at the club, whilst a new deal will have removed the remarkably low release clause in his contract.
Spanish outlet Super Deporte state the youngster’s release clause has been significantly increased and the player will now be looking to break into the first-team once again, having featured for their B team this season despite breaking into the first-team frame during Gary Neville’s ill-fated regime in charge.