MANCHESTER UNITED will give 16-year-old Bosnian goalkeeper Tarik Karic a trial with the academy.
David De Gea has been the No1 stopper for over a decade – but the 31-year-old veteran will not be around forever.
And Karic will have the chance to impress when he joins up with the club for a trial spell.
The talented teenager had been offered the chance to spend a week with United’s youth set-up in September.
Karic currently plays in the academy for Bosnian top-flight outfit FK Zeljeznicar.
The Sarajevo-based club “proudly” gave Karic permission to go on trial with the Red Devils later this year.
A statement on Facebook said: “The head of Manchester United’s scouting service, David Harrison, sent an invitation to FK Zeljeznicar and talented goalkeeper Tarik Karic to stay and train with Manchester United’s peers from September 11 to 18.
“FK Zeljeznicar proudly issued permission to Karic to go to Old Trafford.
“Tarik Karic was born on September 19, 2005 in Sarajevo. The national team goalkeeper arrived in Zelj in 2018 from Famos, and last month he signed a contract with FK Zeljeznicar. Good luck!”
Regulations after Brexit mean United are unable to sign the stopper until he turns 18 in September 2023.
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So even if he impresses United’s coaches during his time at Carrington, the teen will have to wait a year before sealing a permanent switch to Manchester.
Karic has been capped at U15, U16 and U17 level for Bosnia and Herzegovina.