Manchester United look set to sign teenage French sensation Aliou Badara Traore as Jose Mourinho looks to invest in the club’s long-term future and prospect. The teenager has often found himself compared to fellow Frenchman Paul Pogba as the former’s style and technique resemble much of the latter.
The ex-PSG academy starlet had joined amateur side Sarcelles last season in lure for some proper game time and has apparently fallen on the radar of Jose Mourinho who is more than keen on bringing the youngster to Old Trafford.
The starlet is also being chased by Italian giants Juventus and by rivals Manchester City but Jose Mourinho seems like he is the forefront in getting the youngster’s services.
Yet to play prolifically on the International platform, there is very little to evaluate on the young man’s career based on stats. But Traore has dazzled many with his passing quality and ability to hold on to the ball and build up play from the middle.
The 16-year old has already captained the under-17 French national team several times and his leadership skills and qualities are quite lauded and appreciated by fans and experts alike.
Also, in a trial at United last February, Traore managed to squeeze in a goal against Burnley in an under-17 game.
Despite his tender age, the youngster has shown qualities and talent that showcase the potential the player has to become one of the top talents in Europe.
With time and proper guidance, the fleet-footed player might turn out to be a gem of an addition to the Red Devils.
What’ll he offer the Club?
At present more than offering anything, Traore has to learn and grow irrespective of the club he goes to. With proper guidance and coaching, he might be a stellar long-term prospect for any club.
Moreover, picking up raw talents early in their developmental stage is a shrewd piece of business that most clubs have started doing as they pay rich returns in the long run.
If “The Special One” manages to tap the raw potential embedded within the youngster, no doubt Man United will profit. Lest we forget, they had Pogba, got rid of him, and resigned him. Wouldn’t it benefit them if the next Pogba came for cheap?
With several raw, talented youngsters already at the Manchester United academy who all were showcased in the final Premier League match at Selhurst Park last season, Mourinho shouldn’t mind adding another one to the list.