It looks like highly promising Betis youngster Roberto Gonzalez is on the verge of joining Jose Mourinho and co. at Manchester United. In fact, he would be joining up with the Manchester United academy currently under the guidance of former midfielder Nicky Butt. However, the management at Betis have not given up on keeping the young star at Betis.
There was been growing hype around the 16 year old, who hails from Merida in Extremadura, since he was first called up to the Spanish Under-16 set-up in the autumn last year, before playing at the under 16 international tournament at St George’s Park, England, in February this year. He’s an attacking forward and has been playing for the Cadete A youth team, three levels below Betis B, who have just won promotion back up to the Segunda B.
It’s a slightly surprising move for two reasons. Firstly it shows that the usual short-term Mourinho is somewhat planning for the future and secondly that United have beat Guardiola and Manchester City to the signature, who were also scouting the youngster. There is currently a plethora of Spanish talent on City’s books mainly thanks to their director of football Txiki Begiristain, who of course was formally of Barcelona.
The deal has yet to be formalised but it’s thought that Roberto has a €1m release clause, which is likely to increase massively if he is to sign a new contract.
Betis fans will now be hoping that another young Spanish star, Dani Ceballos, who has already stamped his mark on the first team, will remain at the club over the summer.