Manchester United academy graduate and reigning U-21 player of the year Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has temporarily left the club to join Championship promotion hopefuls Wolverhampton Wanderers. The versatile defender heads to Molineux on a season-long loan deal and will hope to make his debut during Tuesday night's (23 August) EFL Cup second-round home tie against Cambridge United.
Borthwick-Jackson, capable of operating at left-back or in central defence, rose through the ranks at United after joining aged six. He was handed his first-team debut by Louis van Gaal as a second-half replacement for Marcos Rojo during a 2-0 Premier League victory over West Brom in November 2015.
He went on to make 14 appearances in all competitions last term, but would have been likely to find regular opportunities difficult to come by under Jose Mourinho, with Luke Shaw now back in action following that horrific double leg break.
The Mail first reported Wolves' interest over the weekend and technical director Andrea Butti – a former colleague of Mourinho's at Inter Milan – was said to have travelled to Manchester in order to conduct negotiations. Such a report further stated that the player, who put pen to paper on a new four-year contract in May, does still have a future at his parent club and also attracted attention from top-flight suitors in newly-promoted Burnley and West Brom.
Alongside Borthwick-Jackson, Wolves have also confirmed the arrival of tricky Dutch winger Ola John. The 24-year-old returns to the second tier of English football after spending the 2015/16 campaign at Reading and joins Helder Costa and Joao Texeira as the third Benfica player to sign on loan since July's £45m ($58.9m) takeover by Chinese conglomerate Fosun International, who have links with agent Jorge Mendes. Andy Lonergan, Silvio, Prince Oniangue and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson have also been successfully recruited during the summer transfer window, although an audacious move for Anderson Talisca now looks to be off the table as the Brazilian forward prepares to complete a switch to Besiktas.
Wolves finished 14th in the Championship last season but clearly have ambitions to feature in the promotion shake-up this time around. They replaced long-serving manager Kenny Jackett with Walter Zenga just eight days before the start of the new campaign, but that disruption does not seem to have had any adverse effect as they followed an opening-day draw at Rotherham United by comfortably beating Reading, in addition to earning a point against Ipswich Town.
They were handed a further boost in Saturday's West Midlands derby against 10-man Birmingham City, when goals from Joe Mason, captain Danny Batth and Bodvarsson cancelled out Che Adams' first-half effort to secure a 3-1 win at St Andrew's. Wanderers reached the second round of the newly-branded League Cup by defeating Crawley Town 2-1 earlier this month.