Cost £420k, now worth 4,185% more: Man Utd hit the jackpot on “unstoppable” sensation

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With the acquisition of the teenager, the Red Devils seem to have hit the jackpot.

On Sunday afternoon, top-four opponents Newcastle United will host Manchester United in Premier League action as Erik ten Hag’s team prepares for what will be yet another exhausting stretch of games in the coming weeks.

The former Ajax manager will likely be anxious to see teenage sensation Alejandro Garnacho return to the fold as soon as possible because the 18-year-old suffered ankle ligament damage during the club’s most recent league game against Southampton. The former Ajax manager will likely experience extreme squad depth testing.

While Ten Hag will have to do without a player who has emerged as something of a “game-changer” for the Red Devils, according to Manchester Evening News journalist Samuel Luckhurst, it is expected that the Madrid-born speedster will be available for selection before the end of the season.

Despite being relatively young, the Argentine international has already been involved in nine goals across all categories this season. Prior to his most recent injury setback, the player appeared “unstoppable,” according to pundit Darren Bent.

Due to the young player’s effect at the senior level thus far, it would appear that the Old Trafford club are already intent on awarding the former Atletico Madrid asset a new, bumper new contract, despite recent interest from another La Liga behemoth, Real Madrid.

With United feeling that they truly struck the jackpot with the signing of the wing wizard, following what has been a remarkable, meteoric rise, a long-term extension would seem to be just compensation for a player who has truly exploded onto the scene this season.

What is Alejandro Garnacho currently worth?

While Garnacho’s Red Devils career is still in its infancy, it already appears as if the Premier League club pulled off a true steal when they signed the young starlet back in 2020, luring the 5 foot 11 man from the Spanish city for a mere £420k.

It is evident that the talented showman has already become a much more valuable asset. According to the CIES Football Observatory, his current market value is around £18 million, or approximately 42 times (4,185%) what United originally paid for his services.

Not that Ten Hag will be thinking about selling any time soon, as Garnacho has swiftly established himself as an essential member of the 53-year-old’s team, most notably by scoring at Elland Road last month and contributing to Marcus Rashford’s game-winning goal in the Manchester derby back in January.

Those two instances in particular have demonstrated that the rising star is a genuinely fearless and confident person because she displayed no signs of trepidation despite the frequently stressful nature of playing in the senior setup.

Garnacho has quickly won the admiration of those at the Theatre of Dreams due to his direct and dynamic nature, having the ability to get the audience off their feet with a moment of trickery or a penetrating run in behind. While there have been concerns about his attitude at times this season.

Ten Hag stated earlier this month that the forward needs to start having more of a “impact as a starter,” but despite that, the hero of last season’s FA Youth Cup final is quickly developing a cult following among United fans.

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