MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has taken a renewed interest in 17-year-old American soccer star Freddy Adu.
Adu's D.C. United club and the MLS have given him permission to practice for two weeks later this month with Man United.
"We've known about him for a long time," Ferguson said Friday. "We tried to get him some years ago but he signed for D.C. United. That stopped our progress in keeping tabs on him."
Under FIFA transfer rules, Adu is not allowed to change clubs until he turns 18 on June 2, 2007.
Adu sparked interest earlier in the week saying: "My ultimate goal is to go overseas and if it comes sooner rather than later, I'll take it."
Chelsea has also expressed interest in possibly signing Adu.
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