In a move that was long presumed to be inevitable, Manchester United completed a transfer deal to acquire the services of 17-year-old goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic on Tuesday.
According to Adam Marshall of ManUtd.com, the Red Devils made the acquisition of the Serbian national official from Serbian SuperLiga club FK Vojvodina.
Milinkovic won't make the jump to the EPL right away, however, as FK Vojvodina president Zoran Scepanovic announced that he will stay in Serbia for the upcoming season on loan, as per Marshall.
He will remain in Vojvodina for the next year, where he will be under the supervision of our experts and coaches from the English football giants, while continuing to train and perform in the jersey of his home club. This is an opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the realization of this transfer. Can I point out Manchester United's very correct attitude.
There is no question that Manchester United are banking on Milinkovic realizing his immense potential. He has plenty of developing left to do, but he stands 6'7" and has top-notch athleticism, which means all the tools are present for him to become an elite netminder in the future.
Milinkovic even has some experience against the world's best players in his age group as he made six appearances for Serbia during qualifying for the UEFA European Under-17 Championship. That included a 1-1 draw against Germany back in March.
As things currently stand, there is no room for Milinkovic at Old Trafford with the likes of David De Gea and Anders Lindegaard already on the squad. It can be argued that United don't have a long-term answer between the pipes, though, which is why Milinkovic is such a vital addition.
Observers always expect a club like Manchester United to make splashy signings that will impact the club presently, but looking toward the future is just as important.
That is part of the reason why the Red Devils have had such sustainable success for so many years. If Milinkovic works out like many believe he will, then United have a big steal on their hands.
Even if he doesn't, though, it was worth gambling on his size and skill set.
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