Despite strong interest from top European clubs like AC Milan, Barcelona, Chelsea, and Juventus, Klapija has narrowed down his choices to Leipzig and Manchester United. Both clubs are prepared to make substantial offers, with figures around £5 million being discussed.
Klapija, who currently plays for Croatian side NK Kustosija, has already earned two caps with Croatia’s U17 national team. Intriguingly, despite his Croatian background, Klapija was born in New York and has recently received a call-up to represent the USA U17 squad.
As Klapija approaches his final decision, his family is conducting thorough assessments to ensure that his next destination not only advances his football career but also provides the best opportunities for his education and personal growth. It’s anticipated that Klapija’s transfer intentions will become clear following the conclusion of the ongoing international break.
In addition to the pursuit of Klapija, Manchester United is keeping a close watch on 14-year-old Leeds United winger Finley Gorman. However, they face stiff competition, notably from Manchester City, in their efforts to secure his talents.
Under the guidance of manager Erik Ten Hag, Manchester United has emphasized the development of young talent. However, this summer saw several homegrown prospects leave the club, including Dean Henderson, Anthony Elanga, Matej Kovar, Axel Tuanzebe, Zidane Iqbal, Teden Mengi, Charlie Savage, and Marc Jurado.
Ten Hag has expressed his commitment to integrating at least one academy player into the senior squad each season. The latest prospect to potentially benefit from this opportunity is 18-year-old midfielder Kobbie Mainoo, who is set to make his mark once he recovers from an injury sustained during the club’s US tour.