June 25, 2019
On Sunday afternoon, it was reported in the media in England that Manchester United would be signing 16-year-old Real Zaragoza winger Mateo Mejia for £600,000. However, on Monday, a statement from the La Liga club suggested that a deal has not been reached at all. This report has been causing some fuss in Spain. Sport Witness have translated reports about United’s interest in Mejia this summer already today.
Now they have gone into more detail about the ‘outrage’ from Real Zaragoza in the direction of United. The claims at the weekend suggested United would be paying £600,000 (€670,000) for the 16-year-old. AS reported that the club would not even get that much and that the player had already said goodbye to his teammates. The statement from the Spanish club literally said:
“Given the information in the United Kingdom about the Real Zaragoza cadet footballer Mateo Mejía and the interest of Manchester United for his signing, Real Zaragoza wants to clarify the following:
“Mateo Mejía is a footballer who belongs to the discipline of Real Zaragoza in the Cadet category, linked to the Club with a federative card until June 30, 2020.
“Real Zaragoza has not reached
anyagreement for the transfer of this player to Manchester United.“
El Periodico de Aragon, which is a local news source to the Spanish club have themselves reported that ‘everything indicates this move will happen soon’. It is also suggested that United do want the player and the player himself wants the transfer. The report also talks about it being just a matter of time before it is done and that UEFA will determine how much is paid for the player.
It is understandable that Real Zaragoza is irked about the transfer as they clearly want to keep the player but if the player’s head is no longer with the club and he wants a transfer, they are going to have to allow it to happen. Despite the statement suggesting that the player is linked to the club with a federative card until the end of June 2020, it seemingly means nothing as the player does not have a professional contract.
This means that Mejia would be free to leave the Spanish club for a club outside of Spain. Sport Witness confirmed that Real Madrid offered €500,000 for the player, which was rejected, meaning the player will not leave for the Madrid club, however, they cannot do anything to stop United from signing the player with suggestions that UEFA could decide anything from €120,000 to €150,000 in compensation.
Sport Witness then states that the rumours in the media in Spain seem to come from the reports from England over the weekend, which could suggest that there is nothing in this whatsoever, however, it does not necessarily mean that. United’s Academy director, Nicky Butt will always be looking for talented players from around the world to bring to the club.
United have already released 13 players from the Academy this summer, which will leave many places in the various squads to be filled, whether from the various youth levels already at the club or by signing players. First team manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also overseeing a rebuild of the club with the hope of bringing in young, hungry and talented players in order to reverse the decline of the club. Players like Mejia could well be a no brainer. Obviously, he would be one for the future, rather than now.