By Matthew Rose

Manchester United have been unsuccessful in their attempt to lure Boca Juniors wonderkid Rodrigo Bentancur to Old Trafford – thanks largely to Carlos Tevez.

The Argentina international, who spent two seasons with the Red Devils, has effectively ended the Premier League club’s pursuit of the player due to a clause in his transfer from Juventus to Boca in 2015.

The stipulation means that the Italian giants have first option on all of the Argentine club’s players, according to reports in The Daily Mail.

Boca president Daniel Angelici has confirmed that Bentancur is set for a move to Turin despite receiving approaches from United, Real Madrid and AC Milan.

The South American chief has revealed that the Argentine club have reached an agreement with the Italian champions.

“It is already signed,” he told TyC.

“When I was in Switzerland recently Juventus informed me that that they were going to activate the option so I will travel to Turin soon in order to complete the deal.”

The 19-year-old made his debut for Boca last year and has gone on to don the famous blue-and-yellow 37 times, scoring one goal.

Juve, who are currently top of Serie A, are expected to pay €6.7 million for 50 per cent of Bentancur’s rights in what will no doubt be a bitter blow to Jose Mourinho and United.

The Red Devils are seventh in the Premier League following the laborious 0-0 ‘draw with rivals Liverpool on Monday night.

That result also sees Mourinho’s side five points adrift from neighbours Manchester City at the top of the division.

With things not perfect on the pitch, the bosses at Old Trafford will be keen to ensure top young talent like Bentancur isn’t missed out on again.


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