Manchester United and Chelsea are ready to go head-to-head in competition for the signing of young French starlet Samed Kilic, who has been lighting up Ligue 2 this season with some exciting performances.
According to the Daily Mail, Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal are two of several Premier League managers who have despatched scouts to take a closer look at the 19-year-old attacking midfielder, the likes of Manchester City, Newcastle United and Aston Villa are among the others.
However, the latter trio look as though they will have to send those scouts to look elsewhere for other targets because, according to the Daily Star, Chelsea and Manchester United are the two favourites to complete any move.
Kilic is currently plying his trade with Auxerre in France's second tier, but has quickly become an integral part of the first team after being given his senior debut this season. The 19-year-old is primarily a central midfielder, but is able to play across the midfield, and has a knack for getting into the opposition box.
Both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have slight issues with regards to their squads, but they are not problems that Kilic can solve in the immediate future. The France Under-19 international is most certainly one for the future, though he is currently in good form.
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The Daily Star's report also claims that he is in the final year of his contract with Auxerre and so will be available on a free transfer in the not too distant future. Signing young players is always a risk, but not having to pay a fee for him would probably be seen in Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge as a gamble with little risk.
Recurring Nightmare for Auxerre
Auxerre are unlikely to be happy about losing one of their most promising young players on a free transfer, which is something they have had to do already in the recent past. Striker Yaya Sanogo also ran down his contract there before joining Arsenal for nothing in the summer of 2013.
Kilic is a more diminutive build compared the the rangy Sanogo, and there will be questions over whether he can adapt to the unique physicality of the Premier League, though he is technically very good so he may have the resources to settle in well enough.