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Manchester United negotiating Alvaro Fernandez’s loan move with Granada

Manchester United youngster Alvaro Fernandez could continue his career in La Liga, with Granada opening talks with the Red Devils over a potential loan deal.

According to journalist Lyall Thomas, the Spaniards are keen to sign the 20-year-old left-back on an initial loan, but they are insisting on including an option to buy.

Despite failing to register a senior appearance for Man United since joining the club from Real Madrid’s academy in 2020, the talented defender could still have a future at Old Trafford.

Erik ten Hag gave the Spaniard a chance to prove his quality during the club’s pre-season preparations, with his performance in a summer friendly against Leeds United catching the Dutchman’s eye.

Fernandez showed promising signs against the Whites, but a lack of top-flight experience has impeded his progress in Manchester, as witnessed by his omission at the start of the new Premier League season.

His deal at the Theatre of Dreams runs out in 2024, though the Red Devils are entertaining the option of extending his contract for another year before letting him leave.

La Liga minnows Granada would be willing to offer the attacking-minded full-back a taste of top-flight football in his homeland as they seek cost-effective signings to bolster their survival bid.

Manager Paco Lopez has used a similar formula to sign Jesus Vallejo from Real Madrid, but Los Nazaries have lost both opening league games via two-goal margins.

Granada’s defensive woes require an immediate intervention if they’re to improve their chances of extending their La Liga stay beyond next summer, with Man United able to lend a helping hand.

However, the Red Devils have some reservations, as they see Fernandez as a decent left-back option for the future, particularly in light of Tyrell Malacia’s difficulties in adapting to the Premier League.

United may be more inclined to keep their coveted starlet on English soil, with Burnely making an enquiry about his availability following a 3-0 thumping to Manchester City on the opening weekend.