Manchester United have reportedly snapped up former Chelsea youth prospect Di’Shon Bernard, who is likely to play for the Under-18s this season.

According to The Sun, Manchester United have snapped up Chelsea youngster Di’Shon Bernard on a free transfer. The player had, in fact, agreed to join the club way back in April. However, the signing could only be completed once the summer transfer window opened.

The player was, in fact, let go by Chelsea and the French youngster is now determined to show the Blues that they had indeed made a mistake. Di’Shon is the latest among many Chelsea youngsters to join rivals in the past year, with Dominic Solanke being a more prominent name – the player joined Liverpool on a free transfer, compensation fee pending.

In terms of academy prospects, a couple of Chelsea youth stars had already left the club to join Arsenal – Eddie Nketiah and Zech Medley. While Medley’s career is yet to flex its muscles, Nketiah is already being hailed as a future superstar, with dazzling displays for the Under-23 side at Arsenal.

The player seems to have already confirmed his move on twitter – his Twitter bio now reads Manchester United – while also retweeting Manchester United supporter and Danish Premier League journalist Alexander Falk, who commented that Chelsea will regret their decision to let the player go big time.

Bernard is one of the many players to join Kieran McKenna’s Under-18 squad ahead of the start of the season. The former Tottenham player is set to take his team to Austria this weekend for pre-season training and will be delighted by the addition of such talented youngsters.

French whizkid Aliou Traore and Spanish midfielder Arnau Puigmal have already joined while there have been some local intakes as well. It would be interesting to see how Di’Shon Bernard develops at Manchester United. However, the youngster would hope to prove his potential to Chelsea in the coming years.

Manchester United’s recruitment drive is a positive sign for the club after their youth setup had fallen behind their neighbours’. And the Red Devils are slowly taking the right steps towards building a youth squad that can provide players more regularly to the senior squad.

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