Marc Jurado has confirmed he is leaving Barcelona ahead of an expected summer move to Manchester United.
Standard Sport understands that United have won the race for the 16-year-old defender, who posted a farewell message to Barcelona on his Instagram page on Monday evening.
Barca were hoping to tie down the talented defender with a new three-year contract, but the Catalan turned down a lucrative offer from the Blaugrana and is expected to link up with United’s academy side this summer.
The Old Trafford outfit will have to pay a compensation fee for the Juvenil A player, with Barcelona set to receive around €200,000 (£175,000) for the youngster.
Jurado has been at Barcelona since the age of nine and is considered one of the most promising players of his generation.
Jurado wrote: “It’s never easy to leave a team that has given you everything. FC Barcelona has been my second home, my second family, where I have developed as a player and as a person.
“Today it’s time to say goodbye, but not before expressing my gratitude to each of the people who have helped me since I started in the prebenjamín in the year 2011.
“I have been lucky to share my passion with a fantastic generation, with which I will always be linked.
“We started as boys who just wanted to run after a ball and I say goodbye, nine years later, calling them friends. Only we know the immense luck we have had with all the coaches who have developed us and helped us to keep fulfilling our dreams.
“Every stage has a beginning and an end. Mine, having reflected a lot with my family, has come. I leave behind unforgettable memories which will always stay with me.”
United have recently extended their scouting network in places like Spain, specifically to sign emerging players in an attempt to avoid paying mega fees in the future.