Manchester United risk losing Irish prospect Deji Sotona.
The striker became eligible for a professional contract when he turned 17 in December.
But five months on he is still regarded as a scholar by the club, meaning that he could be approached by other sides who would offer him a tempting first pro deal.
Sotona – who has played youth football for the Republic of Ireland – is seemingly highly thought of at the club, who have often been patient when it comes to rewarding their young players with their first professional deal. Left-back Brandon Williams, for example, had to wait seven months after his 17th birthday to sign his.
Wth clubs in Germany said to be monitoring Sotona’s situation, they could potentially consider a move to make him the latest player spirited away from English football to the Bundesliga, according to a report from The Athletic.