Manchester United director labels transfer target as ‘£50 million mistake’
Manchester United hold serious regret over a failure to sign Brighton and Hove Albion striker Evan Ferguson at a younger age.
Sky Sports report Evan Ferguson is a future target for Manchester United, even if a deal this transfer window is tough due to his recently signed new contract.
Ferguson has enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season for Brighton, scoring seven goals, and also recently made his Republic of Ireland senior international debut.
Now if Manchester United want to sign Evan Ferguson, he would cost a staggering fee.
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Manchester United Evan Ferguson trial
According to Sky Sports, Evan Ferguson once went on trial at Manchester United and the club failed to get the deal over the line.
The report states: “Sky Sports News has been told Manchester United’s academy director Nick Cox recently labelled the teenager a “£50m-plus mistake” after the club failed to secure him on youth terms during a trial, meaning they would have to fork out a substantial fee for him in the future.”
Even worse, the report adds Brighton now believe they can develop Evan Ferguson into a £100 million striker in the mould of Harry Kane.
Ferguson is now under contract until 2028 and Brighton are under no pressure to sell, more likely to cash in on other targets.
Manchester United did not go up against Evan Ferguson in recent matches with the young striker missing out on the FA Cup semi-final and Premier League game due to injury.
The 18-year-old would have been an ideal younger player for United to sign alongside Harry Kane, as a developmental prospect.
However, the steep price required means it is ‘either or’, and we would expect United to take the more proven option of Kane if pressed into a choice between the two.
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