Man Utd join Newcastle, Arsenal in chase for teenage LaLiga sensation with tiny release clause

Ivan Fresneda and Rodrigo Riquelme Credit: Alamy
Ivan Fresneda and Rodrigo Riquelme Credit: Alamy

Man United have reportedly joined Premier League rivals Newcastle United and Arsenal in the chase to sign a Real Valladolid teenage sensation.

Ivan Fresneda has emerged as one of the most highly sought-after young players in European football after bursting onto the scene in his first season in Spain’s top flight.

And Valladolid are said to be resigned to losing the 18-year-old right-back, whose small release clause of around £8.8million could be triggered this month.

Both Newcastle and Arsenal have been monitoring Fresneda as a useful squad addition and certainly one for the future. But it now appears that United have jumped on the bandwagon over a potential transfer.

Diogo Dalot is currently Erik ten Hag’s first-choice right-back at Old Trafford, although Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been getting more of a look in lately.

However, there’s a strong feeling United are putting the latter in the shop window ahead of a January move.

And with little cover if Wan-Bissaka moves on, Fresneda is being considered as an understudy to Dalot.

Fresneda agent makes London trip

His agent Luis Bardaji was in London at the weekend with offers expected for the Spain Under-19 international, as reported by Football Insider.

Fresneda, who is under contract until June 2025, has made headlines with his performances for Valladolid this season.

In total he has featured 11 times so far for a side currently battling against relegation.

His boss, Pacheta, admitted recently that Fresneda only has a ‘few games left” at the club. He also stated that he would try and sign him ‘without hesitation’ if he was in charge of another club.

It just now remains to be seen which one of the three high-flying Premier League sides actually wins the race.

In-form United are back in action on Wednesday night when they head to Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

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