Louth youngster set to sign for Manchester United 9 years ago

Louth youngster set to sign for Manchester United

Jimmy Dunne will put pen to paper with Manchester United later this year, a massive move for the talented Dundalk teenager.

Yet another up-and-coming Irish soccer player has been snapped up by a Premier League side. Hot on the heels of the likes of Noe Baba and Sean Maguire, Jimmy Dunne has become the latest teenager to achieve a dream move to the most wealthy league in the world, according to a report in today’s Irish Independent.

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The 15-year-old defender from Dundalk has been targeted by the Old Trafford team for years now, with Dunne joining their Belfast academy when he was just 10.

It is reported that Chelsea, and Irish hotbed Aston Villa, also wanted to sign the 6’2” defender but Manchester United won the race. Dunne turns 16 in October and he will then put pen to paper on a four-year deal.

Dunne, who played for the famous St Kevin’s Boy’s club in Dublin as well as Rock Celtic in Louth, will move to Manchester and enroll in a school in the English city.

"There were other teams interested but from the minute I went to Carrington, I knew that was the right move for me," Dunne told the paper.

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"It's a huge club with a great history and they have been very supportive of me right from the start.

"I know it will be a massive challenge but I will be surrounded by good players and excellent coaches and that can only help improve my game. I can't wait to get started."

We wish him all the best.