Catalan based newspaper Sport has suggested that Barcelona youngster Adama Traore is ideally suited to playing for Manchester United.
The 18-year-old forward, who plays for Barcelona B, has attracted the interest of several clubs according to Sport but it’s United who reportedly harbour the strongest links to signing him.
“His speed and physical power have not gone unnoticed by English clubs, but among the many offers that have been handled, the most stressed is Manchester United. At Old Trafford the player has the ideal qualities to perform in England.”
So what are Manchester United’s chances of getting their hands on the teenager?
His contract expires at the end of this season, which suggests it will come down to a battle over personal terms if Barca can’t get him committed to a long term deal before next May.
United are well placed to offer a competitive personal package due to their immense financial strength.
Louis van Gaal’s ability to develop younger players has been evident since the days he used teenagers in a Champions League final with Ajax and he can be as good as anyone else in terms of developing the player.
Barca head coach Luis Enrique holds all of the aces because one way he could tempt Traore to stay at the club is by drafting him into the fringes of the first team.
This is a tactic that the likes of Pep Guardiola, Gerardo Martino and the late Tito Vilanova all used when they were in charge of the Spanish giants.
Sport’s report suggests that United are one of the sides to have already made contact with the player’s representatives, so it’s a case of waiting to try and take advantage of the opportunity to sign him should he decide Barca isn’t the club for his future.
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