Manchester United academy signatures Joe Hugill, Logan Pye and Radek Vitek have started training with the club.
United fought against competition from Arsenal and Tottenham to agree a £ 300,000 deal with Sunderland for attacker Hugill, 16, and defender Pye, also 16 years old, was previously in Sunderland.
Vitek, 16, arrived from Sigma Olomouc and is the last goalkeeper in Eastern Europe to join the United junior ranks after Ondrej Mastny, Matej Kovar and Alex Fojticek. Fojticek was released this month and Kovar is online for a loan term next term.
The young people trained in four small groups after passing the coronavirus tests on Monday and Tuesday and are expected to train together for the first time next week.
The United Under 18 have been drawn against Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup semi-finals, but there is still no indication as to when the competition will be completed.
The club also hopes to announce the additions of Marc Jurado, Alvaro Fernandez and Isak Hansen-Aaroen before the start of next season.
MEN understand that United are awaiting international clearance for Jurado, Fernandez and Hansen-Aaroen, who have become Tromso’s youngest player ever at the age of 15 and 319 days earlier this month . A source said: “We hope they will be ordered soon and we can have them confirmed.”
Right-back Jurado, 16, and left-back Fernandez, 17, both posted farewell messages to the former Barcelona and Real Madrid teams before their trips to Manchester.
Sources in Spain say Jurado has rejected a three-year contract offer from Barcelona and United that they will only have to pay a small compensation fee to the Catalans. United recently signed the Spaniards Arnau Puigmal and Mateo Mejia into their academy, but Jurado is set to generate comparisons with Gerard Pique, who switched from Barcelona to United at the age of 17 in 2004.
Former academy chief Nicky Butt oversaw an aggressive recruiting campaign after his appointment in February 2016. Tahith Chong, Charlie McCann, French youth Aliou Traore, Puigmal, Largie Ramazani and Harvey Neville were some of the top arrivals profile on Butt’s watch.
Nick Cox replaced Butt, now head of development of the first team, last year and United signed a € 10 million deal with Monaco for French youth midfielder Hannibal Mejbri. The spurs were interested in Mejbri and United also bought Dutchman Dillon Hoogewerf from Ajax in the summer.