Manchester United are thought to have beaten fellow Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea to the signing of Bolton youngster Max Broughton.

The Sun reports that all three sides, alongside Manchester City were interested, but it appears that the Red Devils have fought off any competition and will secure his signature in the coming days.

The deal is reported to be somewhere in the region of £1million, but it is believed that there will be add-ons.

Broughton is just 16-years-old, but has impressed this season for Bolton’s U18 side.

Because of his performances this campaign, he has attracted the attention of the aforementioned Premier League clubs, as well as England.

He earned his first call-up to the England U18 squad this year, and there will be plenty more of them to come.

The young midfielder originally joined Wanderers on a trial back in October 2014. He had been spotted playing for his local team, and attracted the attention of the Bolton scouts.

He did enough on his trial to convince The Trotters to give him a chance, and he signed scholarship forms at the club in December 2015.

Broughton has never appeared for Bolton Wanderers main squad, but his talent had certainly caused excitement amongst fans, who will sadly now never get to see him in a Bolton shirt.

The Trotters are preparing for life back in the Sky Bet Championship following an immediate return, as they finished second in Sky Bet League One last year.

Although the initial fee will not be substantial, it is expected that Bolton will include a sell-on fee clause in the deal which will see Broughton move to Old Trafford.


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