Bulgarian's agent frustrated by United delay

Last Updated: Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:25

Manchester United face competition from Arsenal and Juventus for Slavia Prague's £1.5million-rated teenage centre-back Stefan Velkov.

The 17-year-old defender spent a few days on trial at United just before Christmas and is understood to have impressed the club's coaching and technical staff, but no agreement has yet been reached to complete the transfer of the Bulgarian.

Velkov's agents were expecting United to act quickly after his short stay in Manchester, during which he trained with members of the senior squad and was taken out to dinner by Nemanja Vidic.

But their delays could let in other interested parties, including the Gunners and Juventus, who are also said to be interested in the tall, athletic defender who has made 17 starts in the Bulgarian top flight this season and made the step up from international Under-17 to Under-21 football.

Reports claim he would cost as little as two million euros from Slavia Prague.

Velkov revealed that United gave him an individually-tailored training programme to return to Bulgaria with over Christmas which indicates that David Moyes' staff are keen to see him signed.

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