Arsenal join Manchester United in race for 'mini Messi'

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Arsenal look as if they could be set to join the race for Dundee United's Ryan Gauld, with reports suggesting that the Premier League leaders will become the latest club to scout the man affectionately dubbed 'mini-Messi'.

According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners will send representatives to watch Gauld during his side's Scottish Cup clash against Kilmarnock at Tannadice on Friday evening.

Interest in the 17-year-old starlet appears to be intensifying by the week, with Manchester United, Everton and Liverpool all reportedly having sent their own scouts to monitor Gauld in recent weeks.

Gauld, who has been at Dundee United since 2006 and is reportedly valued at £6 million, is an attacking midfielder who underlined his considerable potential with four wonderful assists during last weekend's 4-1 demolition of Partick Thistle. 

If Arsenal or indeed Manchester United or Liverpool have serious designs upon signing Gauld, however, then they could be disappointed.

The youngster appears incredibly level-headed and would appear to have ambitious designs on plying his trade overseas in the future.

"I would like to think that I could go abroad maybe and see the lifestyle and culture over there," he was quoted by BBC Sport on Thursday.

However, he also seemed to express an obvious desire to experience the Champions League - something that could hand Arsenal and Manchester United a crucial lifeline if they were to step up their interest.

"Obviously, every young boy's dream is the Champions League. That's the biggest stage of football so if I could reach that at some point in my career I would be absolutely delighted." he added.

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