Even though it may not be their biggest transfer of the summer, Manchester United have delved into the transfer market once again by signing the highly rated Nick Powell from Crewe. While both clubs have labelled the fee as undisclosed, it is widely assumed that the cost is an initial £3m, that could rise as high as £6m should various clauses be met.
United have made no secret of their pursuit of Powell, who has come to prominence as a key member of Crewe’s squad despite being just 18-years-old. He hit the headlines most recently for his fantastic strike in Alexandra’s playoff final win over Cheltenham, while he has been a constant threat in League Two all season after managing to grab sixteen goals.
Sir Alex Ferguson was clearly delighted to get his man, despite supposed interest from other big fish in England’s top flight. Ferguson said, “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.”
With Powell clearly not ready to make his mark in the United first team, there have been suggestions that he could be sent back on loan to Crewe. However, the newly-promoted League One outfit have already stated that they are not interested in such a deal, with manager Steve Davis saying, “One thing I can confirm is that he won’t be coming back here on loan. That wouldn’t be part of it because we want to bring in a replacement of our own and give our own players, such as Max Clayton, a chance.”
While the vast majority of United fans are delighted at such a promising signing, most thoughts are now focussed on Sir Alex’s pursuit for players who will slot into the United line-up immediately.