Manchester United have made their first signing since Ralf Rangnick took charge of the club, with defender Toby Collyer joining the club from Brighton.
The 18-year-old – who has captained England’s Under-16 and Under-17 sides – has joined United on a three-and-a-half-year deal, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
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Collyer impressed on trial at Carrington last month and caught the eye of United scouts with his performance for Brighton in a friendly against Huddersfield.
Done deal, Toby Collyer will join Manchester United as contracts have been signed today. Talented midfielder born in 2004 leaves Brighton to join Man United youth team 🔴🏴 #MUFC
Collyer has already captained England youths and he signs with United on a three year and half deal. pic.twitter.com/jBmewagNAp
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 15, 2022
Rangnick recently spoke about how United need to improve their transfer strategy and follow the example of their Premier League rivals.
“It’s about having a clear transfer strategy and signing players who fit into that system. And that’s what both clubs (City and Liverpool) have been doing in the last five or six years,” Rangnick admitted.
“If I look at their transfer policy and their transfer success, they haven’t had many players who people would say that maybe that wasn’t the right signing. Both clubs have been pretty successful – and this is where Manchester United have to go again.”
Rangnick is expected to step down as United manager at the end of the season and take up a consultancy role, in which he is expected to play a part in future transfers at the club.
United play the second leg of their last 16 Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, with the tie level at 1-1.
And Rangnick sees it as an opportunity to show his side can compete with the best in Europe.
Rangnick said: “For us it’s more about our own sporting ambition. We are highly ambitious, we want to proceed, we want to show that we can compete with the best teams in Europe and therefore we will try everything to win the game tomorrow.”