Our colleagues at Foot Mercato reported earlier today that Manchester United officials have recently met with the parents of Lyon’s 15-year-old attacking midfield sensation Rayan Cherki.
At just 15, Cherki has had an incredible campaign: starting off with the U17s at the beginning of 2018/19, he featured in the UEFA Youth League and became the youngest ever player to score in the competition.
The footballer born in 2003 regularly trains with the Lyon reserve outfit that plays 4th division football.
Conscious of Cherki’s ability, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has attempted to lock him into a new deal. But three months after claiming that “I am very confident, I have confidence in the Cherki family,” still no movement for JMA in this department.
A non-solicitation agreement for Cherki with Lyon, which prevents to a certain degree discussions occurring with other clubs, expires at the end of this season. Lyon want to get Cherki to sign his first professional contract as soon as possible to prevent other clubs, notably from abroad, from signing the player for free once he is no longer classified as a minor (he turns 16 in August).
Le Progrès claimed yesterday that a number of clubs were watching the situation: AC Milan, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Ajax, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
However, Manchester United have fallen in love with Cherki and have made initial concrete steps to sign the player with a meeting occurring between the Red Devils and the young teenager’s parents recently. English sources claim to Foot Mercato that people close to him have even visited Manchester United’s facilities, shown around by the club’s coaches.
Now, more than ever, Aulas wants Cherki to sign the dotted line…