Man Utd set to sign Atlético World Cup 2023 winner in surprise swap deal

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
Manchester United are closing in on the signing of an Atlético Madrid midfield star.

Manchester United will complete the signing of Atlético Madrid midfielder Irene Guerrero this week, according to reports in Spain.

As per Sandra Riquelme at Relevo, he 26-year-old midfielder has agreed to join to Red Devils in a deal that will see Norway international Vilde Boe Risa head in the opposite direction.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Guerrero was part of Spain’s FIFA World Cup winning squad this summer and played twice in last summer’s run to the Euro 2022 quarter finals in England and is now set for a return to UK shores after agreeing a deal with the Women’s Super League club, say Relevo.

The Las Rojiblancas midfielder played more than half of her club’s game after joining from fellow Spanish outfit Levante last summer and had become an important figure in the squad but the signing of Ana-Maria Crnogorčević from Barcelona last week has seen a move sanctioned, though Atléti will get Boe Risa as part of the deal.

The departure of Boe Risa will come as a shock, with the midfielder held in high esteem by the fanbase and United head coach Marc Skinner telling reporters last May that he was “excited to see her grow” with the club. However, after just three WSL starts last season, it appears the Reds are happy to sanction a move that will see her depart Manchester this summer.

Another player who will defintely not be appearing in the red of United next season is Canadian forward Adriana Leon, who saw her move to Aston Villa rubber stamped on Monday evening.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

The 30-year-old moved to the club from West Ham United last summer but endured a miserable time at Leigh Sports Village, featuring in just five league games before she moved on loan to Portland Thorns in the WSL.

On the move to Villa, Leon said: “It's exciting, it's great to be here. Everything is off to a good start so I am thrilled to be here. For me it was important to have a conversation with the manager and feel comfortable and fine. A manager I could easily work and that would suit me.”

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.