Reports: United sign Belgian teen
Posted by nickogs20 on March 8, 2010
Reports from numerous sources in Belgium are indicating that United have secured the signing of Standard Liege full-back Marnick Vermijl on a three-year deal.
Neither club has confirmed the transfer as yet, but seemingly reliable sources across the channel are stating that the 18 year-old has put pen to paper on a contract that will earn him €100,000 per year over the course of his initial three years with the Reds. Standard will apparently receive €220,000 by way of compensation, and the player looks set to move to Manchester in the summer upon completion of his schooling.
Capable of playing either full-back position (more naturally right-sided but recently deployed on the left flank), Vermijl was born in 1992 and hails from the eastern Belgian province of Limburg. The teenager started out at provincial club Racing Peer and VV Bocholt before joining Standard’s academy, where he has progressed well enough to earn a run-out for the first team in pre-season. The young defender has also made an impact at youth international level, where he has appeared for the Belgian U18 side as recently as January, and is named in that squad for upcoming friendly with Poland later this month.
Some observers in his homeland have singled Vermijl out as one of the best players of his age group and a potential future senior international, and Standard are reported to be so annoyed at losing him to the Premier League champions that they have subsequently excluded him from training for the remainder of his time in Liege.
Vermijl has been heavily scouted by English sides this season, United alone apparently watching him eleven times (with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Warren Joyce both running the rule over the full-back), but in January it seemed as if United had been beaten to the punch by local rivals City, who were reported to have agreed a deal for the 18 year-old. Happily those reports were erroneous, and it now seems as if Sir Alex Ferguson and his Old Trafford coaching staff have got their man.