Ipswich Town are eyeing a loan move for Manchester United prodigy Alvaro Fernandez in this January transfer window.
According to a report from Football Insider, Ipswich Town have made a fresh approach for Alvaro Fernandez. The Manchester United youngster has emerged as one of the top targets for the League One outfit, who are hoping to wrap up a short-term loan deal until the end of the season.
Formerly of Real Madrid’s famed La Fabrica youth academy, Fernandez joined the Manchester United youth setup in the summer of 2020 on a free transfer. He has since made a solid impression in the Elite Development League, racking up 35 competitive appearances for the Man United reserves.
A left-back by trade, Fernandez was even promoted to the first-team training sessions earlier in the summer. But he is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, despite Brandon Williams’ loan move to Norwich City and Luke Shaw’s inconsistent performances in the Premier League this term.
Coached by former Manchester United assistant manager Kieran McKenna, Ipswich Town are now prepared to offer the 18-year-old an opportunity to showcase his talents in professional football by signing him on loan this month. McKenna is well aware of his abilities, having coached the defender during his time at Old Trafford.
McKenna is hoping that his contacts at Old Trafford can help him land the signing of Fernandez in January. While his Ipswich Town side may not offer Fernandez the opportunity to play in the Championship, they are certain to provide the defender with regular game-time during the second half of the campaign.
However, it remains to be seen whether the Spaniard himself shows any desire to leave the United reserve camp this month. Although Fernandez is without a single appearance for the senior side, the speculation surrounding a major shake-up at Old Trafford, coupled with the recent appointment of Ralf Rangnick, could result in the downfall of some of the first-team stars.
Rangnick has already sparked a lot of controversy by dropping Bruno Fernandes in the recent defeat to Wolves. And given the German’s proven track record of developing young talents, there might be a few first-team opportunities for the young Alvaro Fernandez, especially towards the end of the campaign.