According to Goal.com, Manchester United have confirmed the signing of 18-year-old starlet Nick Powell from Crewe Alexandra for an undisclosed fee.
Powell has already passed a medial and will join the Red Devils on a four-year contract starting July 1.
The England Under-18 standout bagged 14 goals in 38 league appearances for Crewe in 2011-12, helping the club gain promotion.
“We have scouted Nick for months now,” said Sir Alex Ferguson. “He is an exceptional talent and has been schooled well at Crewe.
“I’m delighted he has chosen to come to United. He has a lot to offer and we are all looking forward to working with him.”
Powell is Manchester United’s second signing of the summer transfer window, with the club already having agreed to terms with Borussia Dortmund midfield maestro Shinji Kagawa.
The 18-year-old was reportedly being targeted by the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton before agreeing to join the 2011-12 English Premier League runners-up.
“It really is a dream come true to be signing for Manchester United,” revealed Powell.
“I have had a great time at Crewe and I would like to thank them for helping me to develop as a player over the past 13 years.
“I’m excited about continuing my development with Sir Alex and the world-class players in the squad. The thought of making the step up to the Premier League next season is an exciting prospect. I can’t wait to get started.”
Dortmund not selling Lewandowski?
Contrary to reports, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has insisted that the German Bundesliga champions are not shopping their Polish talisman Robert Lewandowski.
Lewandowski tallied 22 goals and eight assists in 34 league matches for Dortmund last season. He also added seven goals in six DFB Pokal fixtures, including a hat-trick in the cup final against Bayern Munich.
The Poland international has been on scintillating form since becoming a regular in Borussia Dortmund’s starting XI, drawing the attention of many of Europe’s clubs, including none other than Manchester United.
Lewandowski is currently on international duty with Poland at the 2012 European Championships.
Despite the rumors surrounding the striker, he still managed to find the back of the net in Poland’s first Euro 2012 match against Greece.
The Poland striker dominated Greece’s back four throughout the first interval, but struggled to make an impact in the second half.
Lewandowski’s next opportunity to shine will come later today against Russia.
Will he do enough to seal a blockbuster move to Old Trafford? We shall see.
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