Manchester United are reportedly interested in and monitoring highly-rated 15-year-old Sunderland youth prospect Adam Richardson.

HITC report that, according to page 60 of The Sun on Sunday, Adam Richardson is drawing interest from Manchester United. The English goalkeeper is currently on the books of Sunderland and is regarded very highly within the club.

Sunderland’s demotion to League One has been disheartening. But, their production line has continued to soar, with the likes of Joel Asoro and Josh Maja able to generate widespread interest in their services, the former having moved to Swansea in the summer of 2018.

15-year-old Adam Richardson has represented England up until the Under-15s and is revered by the coaches at Sunderland. But, it seems Sunderland are not the only that hold Adam in high regard, with Manchester United also interested in the goalkeeper.

The Red Devils have one of the best goalkeepers in the world in David De Gea as their first-choice custodian. The deputy Sergio Romero is also a formidable custodian while there are highly-rated prospects like Joel Castro Pereira, Matej Kovar and Dean Henderson within their ranks.

A long-term replacement for David De Gea? (Picture Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images)

A long-term replacement for David De Gea? (Picture Courtesy – AFP/Getty Images)

But, the report iterates that Manchester United sees Adam Richardson as a prospect that can be developed to take over from David De Gea as the long-term replacement in due time. The report adds that the Red Devils were disappointed to miss out on World Cup breakout star Jordan Pickford, who moved to fellow Premier League side Everton.

The more hands-on problem that Manchester United have at the moment is that several player contracts are up for expiry in the summer, including David De Gea. The Spanish custodian is reportedly in talks with Manchester United over a new deal.

But, De Gea is not convinced with the club’s ability to win silverware, according to reports, which could prove to be a stumbling block in negotiations. The victory over Newcastle was a respite, but United would be sweating over the contract situation surrounding De Gea and others, despite reports that the Red Devils are confident of tying the Spaniard down to a long-term deal.

Talking about Adam Richardson, Sunderland would be able to provide a faster track to the first-team and it would be better for the 15-year-old to stay put at the Black Cats instead of moving to Manchester United, where he would be just another highly-rated goalkeeper.

The interest from Manchester United though, is positive news for Adam Richardson and his future.