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Manchester United open talks with Bilal Ould-Chikh

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Manchester United have opened talks with FC Twente starlet Bilal Ould-Chikh over a potential move to Old Trafford, reports Goal.

United officials have approached the player's representatives to gauge whether he would be interested in swapping the Eredivisie for Manchester United's development squad.

Louis van Gaal's side are the fourth team to approach Ould-Chikh with Tottenham, Benfica and Porto already in talks.

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FC Twente have been trying to tie the 17-year-old down to a long-term contract but have been stuck at an impasse for some time. He would be eligible for a professional contract when he turns 18 in July, but talks have broken down.

The winger now has just 12 months remaining on his contract and the cash-strapped club can not afford to lose the player for free.

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They know they are unlikely to get Ould-Chikh's full market value now, but are hoping to generate €2 million from selling him.

The next Robben

They have yet to receive any official offers from the interested parties but seem happy for them to discuss terms with the player before any fee is suggested.

Ould-Chikh, who has been likened to Holland legend Arjen Robben, is ready to walk out on Twente but is keen to seal a loan move back to the Eredivisie where he can continue to play first-team football.

He has played 15 league games for Twente this season and is unlikely to get such a prominent role at Manchester United or Tottenham.

Sources

"There is a lot of interest in Ould-Chikh, but club and player agreed not to discuss a transfer until the end of the season," a source said in the same report.

"Everything points to a transfer this summer, though. No final decision has been made as of yet, but both sides are calm about the situation."

Joining Depay

If he chooses Manchester United, he will be the second young Dutch winger to arrive at Old Trafford this summer. Memphis Depay, who is a more established star in the Eredivisie, is set to complete a £25m move from PSV Eindhoven when the summer transfer window opens.

Surely the chance to play alongside Depay as well as under the guardianship of Van Gaal will be enough to convince Ould-Chikh.

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