Manchester United & Liverpool scout £6m 'mini-Messi'

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Scouts from both Manchester United and Liverpool were reportedly present at Dundee United's Scottish Premier League clash against Partick Thistle at Tannadice on Saturday, with midfield starlet Ryan Gauld thought to be the focus of their attention.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Premier League champions first dispatched scouts to watch Gauld - who has been dubbed 'Mini Messi' due to his apparent similarity to the Barcelona icon - during Scotland U21's clash against Georgia earlier this month and were present once again this weekend as Jackie McNamara's side recorded an emphatic 4-1 victory.

The same publication also claims that scouts from Liverpool also attended the game, with Gauld - reportedly rated at around the £6 million mark - certainly not disappointing after producing four assists during the rout.

The 17-year-old, who has only made 24 appearances at club level during his short career to date, is precocious talent who already appears destined for a lengthy career at a higher level.

Whether Manchester United and Liverpool will turn their reported interest into a concrete offer for Gauld, though, remains to be seen.

If indeed David Moyes or Brendan Rodgers do have serious designs on bringing Gauld to Old Trafford or Anfield, they may face incredibly stiff competition from another of European football's biggest heavyweights, with speculation also suggesting that Real Madrid are interested in the player.

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