Manchester City and Manchester United are expected to undergo some business with Harrison Parker set to join Pep Guardiola’s side with two players heading the other way
As’revenge’ for losing two players to their bitter rivals, Manchester City is expected to recruit Harrison Parker from Manchester United.
The three-time champions are predicted to outbid a number of Premier League clubs for the 16-year-old’s services this summer. If an agreement could be struck, Parker is preparing to go from red to blue for a “significant fee,” making it a unique trade between the two clubs.
Parker, 16, earned his Under 18s debut for United last year, and he was slated to enroll as a scholar at Old Trafford this summer. To stave off interest from other schools, the Red Devils reportedly gave him one of the best scholarship contracts.
Parker spent some time at Arsenal before deciding to join United in 2021, but has subsequently changed his mind and will now sign a scholarship deal with City. He is a highly regarded player in academy football and a youth international for England.
City has a long history of being one of the top football academies in the world, having helped develop numerous players into the first team, notably Phil Foden. Others have advanced through the academy and into a profession before quitting, like Romeo Lavia.
After turning down United’s offer, Parker will be hoping he can now follow in the footsteps of those academy graduates before him. But the agreement follows another controversy involving transfers between the two Manchester clubs. The kids of former United midfielder Darren Fletcher, Tyler and Jack, are planning to transfer away from Old Trafford.
Despite spending nine years in the City academy, the two are constants in the directors’ box at United home games. Between 2003 to 2015, Darren Fletcher was a member of the United team; in 2021, he was appointed the team’s new technical director.
Mateo Kovacic joined City’s first team in a high-profile transfer from Chelsea, showing that the team has been busy building its roster. Ilkay Gundogan, though, has left because of that and joined Barcelona on a free transfer.
Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig is still being connected to Pep Guardiola’s team, and a new full-back may possibly be in the works.