McKenna: Manchester United Closing in on Young Goalkeeper

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Manchester United are reportedly in advanced talks to secure the services of promising 17-year-old goalkeeper Callan McKenna from Queen’s Park.

He has garnered interest from several clubs, but Manchester United seems to be leading the race for his signature.

The potential deal is expected to include a “six-figure” fee. Furthermore, it also includes add-ons that could surpass £1 million if certain performance-related clauses are activated.

McKenna’s impressive performances for Queen’s Park have not gone unnoticed, with United closely monitoring the young talent who fits the profile favored by manager Erik ten Hag.

With Andre Onana set to join the Cameroon squad for AFCON, United will be without his services for a while.

This absence has prompted the club to explore alternatives, and McKenna has emerged as a top target.

Although McKenna’s limited exposure in top-flight football makes it challenging to gauge his full potential, his early breakthrough with Queen’s Park has been notable.

The bright future of McKenna

After stints at Celtic and Hibernian, McKenna secured his place in Queen’s Park’s first team. He made nine appearances (seven in the league and two in the cup) before suffering an injury.

The young goalkeeper’s impressive form led to a call-up to Scotland’s under-19 side for a friendly against Belgium.

McKenna’s confidence with the ball at his feet, as noted by retired Scottish goalkeeper Rab Douglas, aligns with United’s philosophy of playing out from the back, a style instilled by manager Erik ten Hag.

United faces competition from other Premier League giants, with Arsenal and Chelsea expressing “serious” interest in McKenna.

However, the Red Devils appear to be in pole position to secure the promising goalkeeper’s services, potentially adding a talented young shot-stopper to their ranks as they continue to build for the future.

Many iconice goalkeepers have played for Manchester United. Mckenna would also love the opportunity to play for the club with this level of prestige.

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