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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Man U, Angelo Henriquez near deal

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Universidad de Chile striker Angelo Henriquez has undergone a medical exam for Manchester United, and is poised to sign with the club for a $5.5 million transfer fee, according to reports.

"His exam was done today. I have talked to him and he is happy and calm," his brother, Cesar Henriquez told Chilean newspaper, La Tercera.

Henriquez, 18, had been scouted by Manchester United for the past three years, since his first appearance in Europe for Universidad de Chile in the Nike Manchester Cup, Cesar Henriquez said.

"The agents would come and watch Angelo at all his matches. They would talk for a long time with him and in some ways would counsel him," said Cesar Henriquez, who told La Tercera that Manchester United scouts John Calvert Toulmin and Jose Mayorga have been evaluating his brother monthly since 2010.

"They started [evaluating] with 10 players in South America and now only Angelo is left," he said. "He has made great sacrifices, but it is his dream to play for Manchester United."

Universidad assistant manager Sebastian Beccacece revealed that Henriquez is currently not "available" for the club, adding to speculation that a transfer is in the pipeline.

"No doubt he is a very useful player, with a good goalscoring talent," Beccacece told Radio ADN, "but we have to count on the players that we have available, not the ones that aren't available."

Henriquez was a part of the Chilean U20 squad, which recently completed a tour of Europe. The striker scored 11 goals in 17 league appearances in 2012 and starred in both the Apertura competition and the Copa Libertadores after the departure of Eduardo Vargas.

According to La Tercera, Henriquez did not return to Chile following the tour and has headed to Manchester United's camp.




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