Nottingham Forest youngster Arvin Appiah is set to join Spanish outfit Almeria in a deal worth £8 million. He could, however, have been heading to Manchester United.
According to The Sun, the highly-rated England youth international has previously been tracked by the Red Devils.
The Segunda Division side has swooped to sign the 18-year-old on a permanent deal to leave United wondering what might have been. Appiah is set for a medical with his new club ahead of today’s transfer deadline.
The academy graduate can play out wide or as a striker but has clearly failed to impress boss Sabri Lamouchi sufficiently. He did start in Forest’s 1-0 win over Fleetwood Town in the first round of the Carabao Cup, however.
Appiah will leave with six first-team appearances to his name; with one goal coming on his debut in a defeat to Burton Albion.
The deal which will take the teenager to Almeria is one of the highest ever paid by a team in the second tier of Spanish football.
Having just been purchased by a wealthy Saudi businessman the club has clear ambitions of promotion. If that is achieved Appiah could be mixing it with the likes of Lionel Messi this time next year.
Seat Pitch Summary – Could Appiah be one that got away for Forest…and Manchester United?
Some Forest supporters might be disgruntled by this deal. The Reds have been here before when it comes to selling off their best young talents. Oliver Burke and Ben Brereton are just two in recent memory to leave with lots still to prove.
Only time will tell whether Forest made the right call over Appiah and Manchester United will be following his progress keenly.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed talented youngsters Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka during the summer; clearly indicating his desire to unearth a new generation of talent at Old Trafford.
Appiah is still extremely raw. Nobody can immediately say whether or not Forest have missed a trick in not keeping hold of Appiah for a little while longer. Likewise, it is impossible to say whether or not United were foolish not to make a move for the speedster.
One thing that is for sure is the element of intrigue over his next career move. Both Forest and United will be casting anxious eyes towards the Spanish second tier to see just how Appiah is progressing.