€17m United starlet target tipped for the top

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Manchester United starlet target Lucas Ocampos is being tipped for the big time by a source close to the player's former club.

Barend Krausz, the former market consultant for River Plate, believes the talented teenager has the physical attributes of an 'old fashioned' winger, and hinted at an ability to ply his trade in Europe's top leagues.

"Ocampos is a very interesting player, has a great physique, knows how to play in an old-fashioned winger's role and can score goals. A great talent with potential," Krausz told

"Who does he remind me of? It is not easy to say. His playing style is reminiscent of Angel Di Maria of Real Madrid."

Whilst Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has been strongly linked with a move for the €17 million-rated player, reports in his homeland have stated Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is also an admirer.

The Scot has raided South America for young talent on a number of occasions in the past, most successfully with the signings of Rafael and Fabio Da Silva, and could look to do the same by bringing Ocampos to Manchester United.

River Plate have insisted that they do not need to sell their top talent despite relegation to the Primera B Nacional last term, but top clubs continue to circle the Argentina U17 international, with the English champions now hoping to bring the player to Old Trafford.

Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck and David de Gea have shown an increased influence of young players at Manchester United this season, and the 6-1 defeat to arch-rivals City at the weekend could lead the manager into the January transfer market.

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