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HOT PROSPECT: Man Utd battle it out for 15 y/o striker

Who will win the race for Cherki's signature after his 16th birthday?

The top dogs of Europe all want Mathis Rayan Cherki’s signature after proving to be one for the future with his current club Lyon.

Manchester United don’t usually chase worldwide talents who make headlines, as they prefer to bring players through the youth setup. The exceptions are the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Paul Pogba and Tahith Chong.

However, Cherki has proven himself in Lyon’s youth set-up. Becoming the youngest ever play to score in the UEFA Youth League, as he got the French side’s only goal in a 4-1 defeat to Man City under 19s. He can play on either wing, attacking midfield, or even up front. The versatility of younger players promises advantages in terms of rotation and the unpredictability of tactical approaches.

Manchester United have been linked to several Lyon players, including Ndombele, Moussa Dembele and Nabil Fekir. The reds may see a running theme in Lyon’s ability to scout fantastic talent. With the three aforementioned players looking unlikely to join United, they may have set their sights on Cherki as they look to steal talents from the French side.

It is rumoured that clubs such as Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are keen on signing the youngster. Meaning that Manchester United would have to entice the young Frenchman with a very tempting deal, possibly breaking their record for signing a scholarship player.

In the midst of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rebuild of Manchester United. It appears he is looking to the future, as the majority of rumours around the club’s transfer targets tend to revolve around younger players, such as Cherki, Daniel James, Wan-Bissaka, David Brooks, Sean Longstaff etc.

Cherki can sign a professional deal for any of these interested clubs after he turns 16 on August 17, 2019. The then 16-year-old would surely prosper surrounded by the likes of Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong in the Manchester United youth.

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