Omari Forson to snub Arsenal transfer interest and sign pro contract with Manchester United

Omari Forson in action for Manchester United U18s
Forson has moved up to the Under-18s (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United have successfully seen off competition from Arsenal to convince Omari Forson to sign a professional contract, reports say.

The 15-year-old is poised to put pen to paper on his first pro deal and has been at United for the last year after jumping ship from Tottenham.

Forson has massively impressed academy chiefs, but the Daily Mail claim Arsenal had set their sights on poaching the young midfielder.

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United promoted Forson to the Under-18s and have managed to fend off interest from Arsenal.

The Gunners had identified Forson as the perfect addition to their revamped academy, but the player has decided United is the best club to continue his career at.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a point of focusing on United’s academy stars, promoting the likes of Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood to the first-team this season.

Football has been suspended since March and United may be forced to rely on their academy further next season after Ed Woodward admitted the financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic would effect the club’s spending power.

Omari Forson in action for Manchester United U18s
Forson was being tracked by Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s always a top priority for us to strengthen the team and build on what Ole is very clearly achieving in terms of bringing us back to the top,’ Woodward said.

‘But we’ve got to have clarity on what the future holds.’

‘It is not necessarily going to be business-as-usual for clubs this summer,’ he continued.

‘It feels somewhat inappropriate to see speculation about transfers for hundreds of millions in current circumstances.

‘There’s a big disconnect between those stories and the economic realities facing football clubs in general.

‘Clearly it’s true we are fortunate to be in a strong financial position compared to many clubs, but we are not immune from the financial impact of what this virus is doing.

‘I would say that once we have that visibility of a path through the crisis and coming out of the other side to relative normality then, of course, we aim to remain highly competitive in the market.

‘As I said before and I’ve said this many times, we remain committed to backing Ole to win trophies. That’s our core objective as a club.’

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