As a childhood Manchester United fan, the move is a dream come true for Vilde Boe Risa
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Manchester United are set to complete the signing of Norway midfielder Vilde Boe Risa on a three-year contract, Telegraph Sport understands.
The 26-year-old is one of the best-rated midfielders in Europe and will be the Women’s Super League club’s first summer signing, which comes while their search for a new manager continues. Former manager Casey Stoney resigned in May and left at the end of last season.
However, the impact of Stoney’s contributions to United are continuing with Boe Risa’s arrival, because the former England captain played a key role in securing her signature. It is understood Boe Risa signed a pre-contract agreement with United last season, with that agreement in place before she joined Norwegian club Sandviken in April on a short-term deal to keep fit. She had been one of Stoney’s top targets.
As a childhood Manchester United fan, the move is a dream come true for Boe Risa personally, and as she arrives on a three-year deal, United have signed her up for what are likely to be the peak years of a career which has already seen her win a Swedish league title and League Cup.
The news will be a welcome boost for Manchester United Women fans, who have otherwise had little to cheer about since the end of last term, when they finished fourth in the WSL and narrowly missed out on a European qualification spot.
United States stars Tobin Heath and Christen Press have both left the club after just one year in England, while defender Amy Turner left to join Orlando Pride and forwards Jane Ross and Jess Sigsworth have exited United, too. Young striker Lauren James is also close to leaving, with United and rivals Chelsea having agreed a transfer fee for the 19-year-old English star.
Boe Risa was part of the Gothenburg side that were knocked out of last season’s Women’s Champions League by Manchester City in December, shortly before the Swedish league champions announced they were folding. Gothenburg were subsequently saved via a takeover by BK Hacken but Boe Risa was among those not to want to stay on, having attracted interest from around the continent.