Manchester United have completed the signing of Spain youth international Arnau Puigmal.
The midfielder, 16, described his move to Old Trafford as “a dream come true” after leaving Espanyol.
The transfer is yet to be confirmed by United, but Puigmal is expected to join Kieran McKenna’s under-18s.
After signing his contract alongside McKenna and former United striker Andy Cole, Puigmal wrote on Instagram: “Very happy and proud to announce that I am a new Manchester United player, a dream come true. It’s time to work.”
The Spain U18 international will join fellow signings Ethan Galbraith, Largie Ramazani, Di’Shon Bernard and Aliou Traore.
McKenna’s side have started the season with a 4-2 defeat to West Brom and a 2-1 win over Stoke.
Academy chief Nicky Butt sat on the bench for the final game of last season to watch a team that included youngsters Joel Pereira, Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay, Josh Harrop and Angel Gomes beat Crystal Palace 2-0.
And Butt said United offer young players like Puigmal a viable path into the first team.
He told MUTV: “We’re competing with a lot of clubs these days but I still believe we’ve got the best pathway. It’s a fact we’re probably the best or one of the best in Europe at developing our lads for the first team.
“We can speak to parents honestly and say, look, we always give our lads a chance to play for the club; the pathway is there to play if they’re good enough.”