Arsenal and United warned against trying to sign £6m 'Baby Messi'

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Arsenal have been warded off attempting to sign Dundee United sensation Ryan Gauld, dubbed the 'new Lionel Messi'.

The youngster has been on the radar at the Emirates for a number of weeks now, following his meteoric rise to stardom within the Dundee first-team.

At only 17-years-of-age Gauld has already earned himself visits from scouts of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Arsenal- but it's the latter of those three teams who are said to be paying him the most interest.

However regardless of Arsene Wenger's future plans for the Scottish starlet, the performance director for the Scottish FA, Mark Wotte, has branded any move to a big English club as ridiculous, according to the Metro.

"I would prefer him to stay in Scotland, play his games here, before getting a recognised move to an English club," said Wotte.

"I’ve seen some of the clubs he’s been linked with – it’s ridiculous.

"He doesn’t have to leave Scotland to develop. That’s the most important statement I want to make. He doesn’t have to move."

A move to the north London club should certainly interest Gauld as Arsene Wenger has a brilliant track record of developing potential superstars. A reported fee of £6million could be enough to convince Dundee to sell their star man, but it's likely that the Gunners will face intense competition.

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