Manchester United look set to miss out on Boca Juniors youngster Rodrigo Bentancur after Juventus agreed to activate an option to buy 50% of his rights from the Argentinean side.
Bentancur has been heavily linked with a move away from Boca Juniors for some time now with Manchester United in particular showing keen interest in the player; however it now appears that Juventus have finally won the battle for his signature.
Daniel Angelici who is the current president of Boca confirmed to tycsports as translated by IBtimes that Juventus had struck a deal with the club over the sale of Bentancur and that he will be travelling to Turin soon to complete the deal.
For a player who is still just nineteen years of age Bentancur’s potential is frightening. Having only made his senior team debut last year Bentancur has since gone on to become an integral part of the Boca Juniors side fast becoming one of the first names on Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s team sheet.
His outstanding trickery on the ball combined with superb wide range of passing makes him one of the most exciting young prospects in world football and is a player who Jose Mourinho will undoubtedly be devastated to miss out on.
With Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe already on board Mourinho has a host of talented youngsters on his hands who will be pivotal players for the club in years to come and in Bentancur he would have had a player who could have potentially been the perfect man to play alongside Paul Pogba in the future.
With Michael Carrick heading towards the latter stages of his footballing career Mourinho is in need of another top notch midfielder who can spread play with pin-point passing, protect the back four and move the ball on forward and in Bentancur he would have been an ideal fit.
There are of course no guarantees that Bentancur will go on and truly establish his potential in the game but at this moment in time it will still come as a blow to Jose Mourinho to miss out on the youngster.