Sources: Leicester City close in on Man United youngster Popov after talks breakthrough
Leicester City are close to signing Man United starlet Chris Popov after reaching an agreement in principle over a deal, Football Insider understands.
The FA Cup holders are putting the finishing touches to the transfer of the Welsh youngster, 16, following a breakthrough in negotiations.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Popov is expected to sign an initial scholarship deal that will be converted into a three-year professional contract when he turns 17.
That will not be until October, with the initial plan for him to link up with the Under-18s before being phased into the Under-23s.
Popov had a spell on trial at Leicester last season but United still hold his registration.
The 20-times Premier League champions have offered new terms to the young forward but the offer from Leicester and a potential move to the King Power Stadium has turned his head.
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Leicester have a clear pathway from youth to first team for their young players and have emerged as a top destination for bright talent.
His expected transfer to the Foxes could go through on 1st July amid a blizzard of transfer activity at the club.
As revealed by Football Insider on 18th June, Leicester have also agreed to sign 19-year-old Hartlepool goalkeeper Brad Young.
It is another potential coup as he has attracted interest from other top Premier League clubs including Chelsea.
Leicester are also working on strengthening their senior squad.
Deals are close to being finalised for left-back Ryan Bertrand, central midfielder Boukary Soumare and striker Patson Daka.