The Daily Mail are reporting today that Newcastle are to make a move for Manchester United youngster Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who has played for the England U-19 side and also for the Manchester United first team.
With Jose Mourinho having become the manager at the Red Devils, there seems an opportunity to pick up some of the top Manchester United youngsters this summer – who may be surplus to requirements under Mourinho.
Manchester United’s Cameron Borthwick-Jackson
Only last Sunday we were linked with a move for 21 year-old Red Devils center-back Paddy McNair, so it does look like Newcastle are looking at some youngsters they could sign from the former Premier League Champions.
If this report is accurate in the Mail it shows Rafa thinks it’s important we sign some good young players this season.
All levels of the club at Newcastle need to be strengthened after the last couple of seasons when all teams have been struggling and even developed a losing mentality.
The news in the Mail is that Rafa Benitez is hoping the youngster will move on a season long loan deal, but we doubt that Rafa would want to do that and he has shown this summer he prefers to sign players outright.
The lad would not be able to immediately command a regular place in Newcastle’s back four and why would Rafa want to make a Manchester United player better for the Red Devils over the coming season and then send him back to Manchester?
Rafa has already signed center-back Grant Hanley from Blackburn with Aston Villa’s Ciaran Clark the next likely defender through the door this week so the lad would struggle for first team games.
So if we are indeed after this youngster, it will probably be on a permanent transfer.
But the 19 year-old is a top prospect – no doubt about that – and he has already played 14 times for the Manchester United first team.
Borthwick-Jackson was born in Manchester and joined the club when he was just 6 years old back in 2003 and he has come through the ranks at his local club.