Dundee United sensation Ryan Gauld, who is being linked with Manchester United, Liverpool and Real Madrid, will inevitably be sold to help ease the club's debt, youth director Stevie Campbell has conceded.
Gauld is fast establishing himself as one of the most exciting young prospects in European football, and the 17-year-old's performances have earned him the moniker 'Mini Messi' from his teammates.
The teenager has scored five goals in 15 SPL appearances this season, his first in professional football, while he provided assists for each of United's goals in the 4-1 defeat of Partick Thistle almost two weeks ago.
Manchester United and Liverpool have emerged as two of the most prominent clubs to pursue Gauld, with David Moyes already credited with an attempt to bring the Scotland under-21 international to Old Trafford.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, is reported to have sent scouts to watch the midfielder in action on numerous occasions this season, while Real Madrid now appear to have joined the expanding list of clubs chasing the player.
£6 million is reported to be the fee Dundee United would consider selling Gauld for, while the club could also receive over £1 million if they were to cash-in on John Souttar, who is wanted by Everton.
Stevie Campbell, who coached both players during their time spent in the youth ranks, is acutely aware that it is only a matter of time until they leave Tannadice, and is content to see them go on to bigger and better things.
"Of course, they will be sold at some point but, as long as we can enjoy them while they are here, that’s the main thing — and we are certainly doing that at the moment," Campbell told the Daily Mail.
"Big clubs will be interested, but then you take that as a compliment. And, if one of our young kids ends up wiping out the debt, and maybe more, then the chairman will be happy.
"That’s just the way it is these days. We totally understand that."