Nottingham Forest teenager Oliver Burke has turned down a move to Manchester United in favour of a move to Bundesliga side Red Bull Lepzig.
Burke who had recently been linked with a move to Old Trafford was said to have declined Jose Mourinho’s offer of joining the red devils this summer and has instead moved to Germany.
The 19-year-old has joined Red Bull Lepzig for an estimated £13 million pounds, a deal which has made the teenager become the most expensive Scottish footballer of all time. Burke only made his professional debut two years ago but has since gone on to become an essential member of the Nottingham Forrest side.
The players decision to turn down United is certainly a brave move on his part, but it’s a decision that I doubt Mourinho will lose too much sleep over.
The Portuguese already has a luxury number of youth talent to pick from this season with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe all on the books. Burke undoubtedly has a lot of potential but he isn’t in that same bracket of class like the names mentioned above.
Having only thus far featured in the championship and league one we have yet to see what Burke can actually do on the big stage and with United looking to compete on all four fronts this season Mourinho needs the very best players to pick from and I doubt Burke would have been part of those plans.
With Burke’s best position on the field widely regarded to be out on the flanks the chances of the Scotsman getting in ahead of the likes of Memphis Depay, Anthony Martial, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard or even Juan Mata in the starting eleven would appear slim to say the very least. Add to the fact United already have Adnan Januzaj out on loan who can also play in that role made a move for Burke seem the ever more unlikelier and makes you even question whether the club were serious on making an official move for the player in the first place.
His decision to move to Germany was the correct move for both parties concerned. For Burke it now gives him a chance to play regular first team football in one of the world’s finest footballing leagues in the Bundesliga whilst for United its one less player they would have had to send out on loan.