Manchester United about to confirm new signing
Isak Hansen-Aaroen agreed to join Man United last year and is poised to start the upcoming season with the new club’s academy.
Isak Hansen-Aaroen is poised to start the academy season with Manchester United after Tromso confirmed he is no longer their player.
United agreed a deal for Hansen-Aaroen last year and the MEN reported the Norwegian, who turns 16 on August 22, would move to Manchester this month.
Hansen-Aaroen became Tromso’s youngest-ever player at the age of 15 years and 319 days last month and United were hopeful of formally announcing his arrival before the start of the academy season.
Tromso assistant Lars Petter Andressen told Nordlys: “Isak is no longer with us now. He will travel to Manchester next week and he has agreed with us that he will now have a few days off. It will be a little holiday to calm down a bit before he goes over.
“Of course we wish him a lot of luck over there. We wish he could be here and contribute to the season but we understand that they want him there.”
Hansen-Aaroen made six substitute appearances for Tromso, currently top of the Norwegian league, and has attained three caps for Norway Under-16s.
As part of a proposed long-term arrangement between the clubs, United sent academy talent Aidan Barlow to Tromso on loan last year. Barlow played seven times for Tromso and was released by United last month.
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Ronny Johnsen became the first Norwegian to play for United following his move from Besiktas in 1996 and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived from Molde in the same summer. United bought Henning Berg from Blackburn the following year and in 1998 signed Erik Nevland from Viking Stavanger.
Joshua King was the last Norwegian to play for United in 2012 and Magnus Eikrem and Mats Daehli were also in the club’s academy. Solskjaer infamously signed Eikrem and Daehli while manager of Cardiff.