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Manchester United have signed 16 year-old France youth international Aliou Traore from Paris Saint-Germain, the club confirmed today.
The young midfielder made his debut for the Red Devils’ Under-18 side on Saturday in a 3-2 defeat to Wolves.
United had been scouting Traore for 9 months before eventually signing him. He first played for them as a trialist back in February and also featured in a pre-season training camp in Austria.
“Traore is a boy we’ve been looking at for a while,” said Under-18’s coach Kieran McKenna. “He is a really powerful midfielder who likes to run box-to-box. He is very strong technically and is improving all the time.”
“He’s a nice man and his English is improving. He’s settling in well with the boys and has taken to the club really well.”
Born in Sarcelles on the outskirts of Paris, Traore has spent most of his youth career with PSG. He is a regular for France’s Under-16 team for him he has scored twice in seven appearances, and was also recently called up by the U17’s.
According to United’s website he will be eligible for the FA Youth Cup campaign, with United set to face Derby County on December 13th.
His signing brings back echoes of the deal that brought Paul Pogba to Old Trafford back in 2009. Pogba was also said to be 16, and Traore is said to be in the same mould as the current United favourite.
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