Although the club has to agree terms with the player, it is unlikely that the deal will hit any snags and Henríquez should put pen to paper before the end of the August transfer window.
Henríquez would become the first Chilean to play for Manchester United, and the second most expensive transfer in La U’s history after Eduardo Vargas’ transfer to Italian club Napoli last year.
The transfer is especially eye catching for Chilean fans as it is unprecedented for a player to move from the Chilean League to a Champions League club as a teenager and many pundits have noted that it is a strong reflection on Henriquez’s potential as a player.
Although some have drawn comparisons between Henriquez and compatriot Alexis Sánchez, many in the Chilean media have nicknamed him the “Chilean Raúl” after Real Madrid’s talismanic striker. Apart from a striking physical resemblance and the symbolic number seven shirt, Henriquez also possesses a lethal turn of pace, an excellent poacher’s instinct, strong positioning and strength that belies his slight frame.
“I’m a fast and powerful striker,” Henríquez said. “I’m a goalscorer who likes to play things simple.”
With the signing of Robin Van Persie also imminent, Henríquez will probably be fifth in the Old Trafford pecking order and could well be sent out on loan— possibly back to La U, who still have four months left in the national Clausura tournament.
See Henríquez in action here.
By Miles Coleman (email@example.com)
Copyright 2012 - The Santiago Times
Miles was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and, despite moving to London at a young age, still supports the Springboks over England. He is currently in his third year of undergraduate studies at Bristol University, doing Spanish and Portuguese. As well as writing for the Santiago Times he also writes for Erudition Online in the UK, as well as occasionally contributing to The Guardian Online. He is currently on his year abroad in Chile, practicing being a journalist. He once scored a 30 yard volley in a practice football game for the Badock B Team. Manchester United are said to be interested in his services.