Juan Familia-Castillo linked with Manchester United transfer

Louis van Gaal wants to strengthen United's academy. (©GettyImages)

Manchester United will step up their interest in Dutch wonderkid Juan Familia-Castillo after the 14-year-old forward impressed Old Trafford scouts in two recent youth international matches against Belgium.

The Mail on Sunday reports that Louis van Gaal is eager to strengthen the Red Devils academy, and is already looking to follow up the recent capture of Timothy Fosu Mensah with the acquisition of another highly-rated youngster from Ajax Amsterdam.

Mensah, a 16-year-old defender, joined Manchester United back in August, and went straight into the club's development squad following the promotion of a number of young players into the reserve and first-teams.

Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair and James Wilson have all profited from Van Gaal's philosophy to promote from within, having all featured for the senior side this season, and the Dutch coach's desire to recruit up-and-coming stars of the future is another indication of his plans to nurture and develop emerging talent.

Familia-Castillo was a star performer during Holland U15s 2-2 draw with Belgium U15s on Tuesday, and came off the bench to turn the game and help his country to a 3-1 win against the same opposition two days later.

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Positive reports from the Red Devils scouts that were present at both games means it's likely the Premier League giants will proceed with plans to lure the teenager to England, with Van Gaal increasingly keen to add more depth at all levels of the club.

Familia-Castillo already has something of a profile on social media, thanks to a series of impressive clips on YouTube of the wide-man showcasing his skills and nimble footwork.

He still has a long way to go before making a breakthrough at senior level, but under the guidance of Van Gaal at Old Trafford, he would surely have a genuine chance of making the step up in the future.

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