Louis van Gaal's side have been linked with a move for 19-year-old Belgian forward Obbi Oulare.
This week, the Daily Mail reported that Manchester United were showing interest in Club Brugge forward Obbi Oulare. Scouts from the English giants and Borussia Dortmund amongst others were in attendance as his side beat Anderlecht 2-1 last weekend.
Just 19 years old, the Belgian-born forward scored just his second goal in the Jupiler Pro League in his team’s victory, but he has managed the same number in the Europa League and the cup, giving him six goals in the first-team.
Manchester United will be monitoring the youngster in the hope he can go on to emulate his countryman, Eden Hazard. The talented Chelsea winger joined the London club from Lille OSC after spending seven years at the French club.
During his time in the youth team, Hazard would have crossed paths with Oulare, as the son of former Guinea international, Souleymane Oulare, spent five years at the club between 2006 and 2011 – although he never played for the first or second team.
After a brief spell at regional side ES Wasquehal – who play in the French fifth division – he made his return to Belgium.
He only turned 19 in January, but his quick rise through the youth ranks at both Brugge and the national team has caught the eye.
Unfortunately, with the way modern football now works, it is unlikely that Oulare will spend seven years at Club Brugge learning his trade. With so many clubs interested in him, he will likely move sooner rather than later.
His progression as a player will be determined on how much first-team football he can play in these important years. Belgian football is the perfect ground to develop, rather than in the English youth leagues.
Every club is looking for the new “Eden Hazard” but all too often it can come at the detriment of the young player’s future.