Manchester United are giving serious thought to signing Lyon wonderkid Rayan Cherki, report The Telegraph.
Cherki, 15, became the youngest ever goalscorer in the under-19 UEFA Youth League this season.
The Telegraph claim: “United would have to offer their biggest-ever contract to a scholarship-age player were they to convince Rayan Cherki to come to Manchester next season, first as a scholar and then with a guaranteed professional deal at 17.”
One of the reasons why it would cost United so much is because of the competition for Cherki’s signature.
European giants Real Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also interested.
Signing Cherki could cost United in more ways than one, with Lyon are also determined to keep him.
Chairman Jean-Michel Aulas is difficult to negotiate with, and moving for Cherki could harm United’s hopes of signing striker Moussa Dembele this summer or in the future.
Going after Cherki would continue a change in tact for United in the youth market. Already the club have signed Ajax teenager Dillon Hoogewerf.
Meanwhile Real Zaragoza have denied claims in The Sun that United have agreed a £600,000 move for winger Mateo Mejia.
No deal has been struck, the Spanish club claimed in a statement released yesterday.
Signing youth players appears as difficult as first team players for Ed Woodward and co it seems.
That’s why as intriguing as the Cherki claims are, let’s wait and see.