Manchester United step up Ould-Chikh chase
EXCLUSIVE: The Old Trafford side are one of four clubs that have enquired about the Netherlands U-19 winger
By Stefan Coerts
Manchester United have approached Twente attacker Bilal Ould-Chikh’s entourage to sound him out about a potential summer transfer to Old Trafford.
However, Louis van Gaal’s side face stiff competition from Tottenham, Benfica and Porto, who have all been in touch with the 17-year-old’s representatives, too.
The Netherlands Under-19 international has a contract with his current club until June 2016 and the Eredivisie side were keen to tie the young winger down once he turns 18 this July.
However, talks between Ould-Chikh and Twente have broken down and the cash-strapped Enschede outfit are ready to cash in on the gifted youngster this summer if they receive an offer in the region of €1.5-2 million.
Ould-Chikh has long been attracting the interest of Europe’s finest, with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund keeping a close eye on him for over a year now, while AC Milan are also monitoring his contractual situation.
United, Spurs, Benfica and Porto have all taken action now, though, as the left-footed attacker is edging ever closer to the exit door at Twente.
The former Feyenoord starlet would be open to a move to all of the aforementioned four sides, but is keen to return to the Eredivisie on a one-year loan deal once any transfer has been completed to make sure his family does not have to relocate just yet.
Twente have yet to receive any formal offers for Ould-Chikh, but are ready to broker a deal now that the regular Eredivisie season has reached its conclusion and they have not qualified for the play-offs.
“There is a lot of interest in Ould-Chikh, but club and player agreed not to discuss a transfer until the end of the season,” a well-placed source told Goal.
“Everything points to a transfer this summer, though. No final decision has been made as of yet, but both sides are calm about the situation.”
Ould Chikh joined the Twente youth academy in the summer of 2012, after previous spells with Feyenoord, RBC and Willem II, and made his official first-team debut at the club in May 2014 at the tender age of 16.
The attacker scored his first Eredivisie goal in the 2-0 win over regional rivals Heracles back in January, but got little playing time in recent months after talks over a new contract had broken down.