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Manchester United complete two more academy signings

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Manchester United have confirmed the academy signings of Alejandro Garnacho and Charlie McNeill.

United have received international clearance for former Atletico Madrid striker Garnacho, 16, after the Spaniard arrived in England last month but had to quarantine for 14 days.

McNeill, 17, has returned to the United academy for an initial fee of £750,000 that could rise to £1.35million after he rejected the offer of a new contract at Manchester City in the summer.

The MEN revealed that because McNeill did not turn 17 until last month any teams that wanted to sign him still had to negotiate a fee with his former club or risk a tribunal deciding his value.

United sources say McNeill would represent an ‘absolute bargain’ if he costs the full £1.5m as he would have to play in a significant amount of first-team games and record noteworthy achievements to trigger the clauses.

Boyhood United fan McNeill cost City £12,000 when he joined the academy from United six years ago and his goalscoring exploits – he is credited with 600 goals at youth level – have also seen him recognised at international level with a number of caps for England Under-16s.

Garnacho is United’s third Spanish acquisition of the summer after Marc Jurado from Barcelona and Alvaro Fernandez from Real Madrid. Fernandez has already scored for the U18s.

Norwegian Isak Hansen-Aaroen, the 16-year-old recruit from Tromso, made his debut for the Under-21s in Tuesday night’s EFL Trophy draw with Rochdale, where United won 5-4 in a penalty shootout.

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