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United have made their move to bring Adam Ounas to Old Trafford by lodging an opening bid for the French youngster, according to reports in France.

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According to the very reliable French journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi of RMC Sport, Manchester United are one of six clubs to have made a €10million offer for Bordeaux’s midfield prodigy Adam Ounas.

Among the pack competing to sign the exciting 19-year-old are Napoli, RB Leipzig, Southampton and Stoke City.

Bordeaux are reluctant to part with Ounas and it is highly unlikely that a €10million bid will change their mind. But it appears that United’s interest is real and, if their initial offer is knocked back, an improved proposition could well follow.

Ounas is an attacking midfielder who is comfortable playing in a variety of positions. "I’m most comfortable on the right-wing," the youngster said back in October. "I prefer cutting in, shooting on goal or playing one-twos.

"I’d say my second-best position in playing centrally. When you play there you can feed the wingers; I have the vision to do that."

Despite his tender years, Ounas played 24 times in Ligue 1 last season, scoring five goals and assisting a further two.

Stylistically, Ounas is an expert dribbler with the ability to shoot powerfully and accurately from distance.

If the France under-20 international were to arrive at Old Trafford, comparisons to a young Cristiano Ronaldo will be inevitable. But Ounas’s propensity to link with team-mates via short, intricate passes, marks him out as a slightly more mature player than the Portuguese at the same age.

As new manager José Mourinho begins to make moves in the transfer market, it appears that the man derided for his lack of trust in young players is determined to prove his critics wrong. The capture of 22-year-old Ivory Coast centre-back Eric Bailly got the ball rolling, and rumours persist of interest in more young talent such as 20-year-old Mexican winger Hirving Lozano, and 22-year-old Monaco full-back Fabinho.

With reports of an imminent bid for FC Basel’s 19-year-old striker-cum-winger Breel Embolo, it may be a case of either/or between Ounas and the Swiss international, and perhaps more will become clear once Embolo’s involvement in the European Championship ends.