Manchester United target is 'a Barcelona-type player'

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Dundee United may have moved to secure Ryan Gauld to a long-term contract but speculation over the teenager's future at Tannadice remains. He has, after all, been linked with no less than Manchester United, Liverpool and Barcelona.

The 17-year-old midfielder has scored five times in his maiden campaign in professional football and catapulted himself into the spotlight with four assists in the SPL victory over Partick Thistle last November.

Gauld's performances led reports that some of Europe's most prominent clubs were pursuing his signature, with claims that Manchester United manager David Moyes had made a formal attempt to bring the player to Old Trafford.

Moyes' Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers is also credited with interest, reportedly having sent Anfield scouts to watch Gauld, while a potential transfer to the Camp Nou has also been mooted.

Former Scotland manager Craig Brown, who has seen plenty of Gauld this season, can understand why there is such interest in the youngster, although does not believe he is ready to leave Dundee just yet.

I've seen him play a lot, he's an outstanding young player. There's a bit to come yet before he's ready to go into the Manchester United team, in my opinion," Brown told BT Sport's Life's A Pitch as part of an interview for The Independent.

"He reminds me of a player I had myself - Pat Nevin. Pat was very similar to Ryan Gauld but was in advance of him. Pat was the European youth player of the year when Scotland won European under-18 championship.

"Ryan Gauld's not at that level, but he's an outstanding talent being watched by everyone. They're talking about Barcelona watching him. He's a Barcelona-type player.

"He's a great dribbler, [has] great control, [is a ] small guy, lightweight but highly skilled and he will make a big impact in the game."

Gauld has been valued at £6 million.

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