Man Utd close to signing Willy Kambwala in £3.6m transfer deal

Manchester United are close to signing 16-year-old Willy Kambwala from Sochaux.

The Red Devils' interest was first reported back in July by French outlets.

And after months of silence, RMC Sport journalist Loic Tanzi has now revealed United are closing in on a move for the teenager.

The centre-back will join for a fee of around €4m (£3.6m) becoming the latest teen to arrive at the club this summer after the likes of Joe Hugill and Marc Jurado.

"Willy Kambwala (2004 – Sochaux) must sign before Monday with Manchester United," Tanzi tweeted.

"Sochaux will recover a little less than four million euros, bonus included, in this operation."

United have upped their offer in recent weeks, having only offered €1m back in July.

Ligue 2 side Sochaux were always holding out for more and have seemingly received it in the final days of the window.

Ndengushi won't be able to help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer straight away.

But the player is certainly one to watch for the future at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer admitted earlier in the summer he was keen to 'exploit' the pandemic in order to get players through the door.

But the United boss admits he regrets his words now.

“I think my wording in lockdown – exploit – was a bad word by me. I didn’t mean in that respect," he said last month.

"I meant clubs out there [may] have to move players because of the situation and it might be an interesting situation for us.

"At the moment there’s not been those situations. We’ve lost loads of money as the other clubs have.

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“When I talked about the squad depth, of course the performances from [the then first-choice] players didn’t warrant me giving [other players] more options: the 11, 12, 13, players deserved to play as they played really well.

"I think it’s a different scenario now – after two games already I’ve seen many of the players who didn’t play too much last season performing really well.

“There are many ways to improve the team. We’re working here to get better.

"I keep reading about players that should be playing instead of ones that are playing: that tells me I’ve got a strong squad. We need to get fit and keep injury-free but there is more competition for places now.”

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