'Dream come true' for Powell as Man United snap-up £4m Crewe youngster
13 June 2012
Manchester United have completed their second signing of the summer with highly-rated Crewe youngster Nick Powell joining on a four-year deal.
The 18-year-old England Under 18 international is considered one of the nation's hottest prospects and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has beaten off the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City for his services.
The deal is believed to be in the region of £4million with £2.75m being paid up front to the newly-promoted League One side.
It is understood that Blackburn are interested in allowing Powell experience in the Championship next season on a short-term deal but Ferguson is likely to reject that offer and put him on a fast-track into his first-team plans.
Ferguson told the club's official website: 'We have scouted Nick for months now. He is an exceptional talent and has been schooled well at Crewe.
'I’m delighted he has chosen to come to United. He has a lot to offer and we are all looking forward to working with him.'
Powell described the move as a 'dream come true' after following Japan international Shinji Kagawa as the club's second summer arrival.
'It really is a dream come true to be signing for Manchester United,' he said.
'I have had a great time at Crewe and I would like to thank them for helping me to develop as a player over the past 13 years.
'I’m excited about continuing my development with Sir Alex and the world-class players in the squad.
'The thought of making the step up to the Premier League next season is an exciting prospect. I can’t wait to get started.'