Earlier today, we brought a story from Argentina which claimed Manchester United would be interested in the Newell’s Old Boys youngster Luciano Cingolani.
Considering the quotes in that article, it really sounded like it was the youngster’s father pushing the Manchester United rumour. But today’s reports are backing it up a lot more.
To understand this rumour, you have to know there’s a big concern at Newell’s right now, they’re afraid several youngsters could leave the club.
This happened to Nicolás Castro, who just moved to Boca Juniors, and now Newell’s fear this could start a mass departure. That’s the focus of most stories about this in the Argentine media, even though Cingolani, who plays for the U16s, and Manchester United seems to be a peculiar case.
It was Ovacion who talked about the interest first today, saying the youngster has indeed become a Manchester United target. A source close to the negotiations told the outlet that ‘there are conversations between the clubs, although there’s nothing done’ yet.
And the website of Rosario 3 also had a very interesting story on Newell’s academy, in which they talked to several sources about these departures and the accusations the club have been making.
Especially about Cingolani, they spoke to Martin Mackey, the club’s academy director, who had no problem talking about the Manchester United interest.
“For another youngster, Luciano Cingolani, Manchester United showed interest. When communicated, they were expected to tell us the proposal they want to make, and none came in. When that happens, the CD will evaluate and from that, the decision we think is necessary will be made. But I don’t want him to leave either,” Mackey told Rosario 3.
“No matter what the payment is, I don’t want the guys from the academy to leave, when it’s first-team players these are the rules of the game, but not the academy kids, I don’t earn anything for that money that may enter, I work for the boys to play in the first team.
“We made a list of 20 players that Newell’s should shield through a contract, because it’s the only way to prevent them from leaving, but the club is not in a position to contract 20 youngsters, considering the amount of a first contract.”