Manchester United are reportedly set to battle Southampton for Yasser Larouci, who is now a free agent after rejecting a contract at Le Havre.

The Sun are claiming that Manchester United and Southampton are interested in French wonderkid Yasser Larouci. The playmaker was considered a very bright prospect at his former club Le Havre but the 16-year-old has rejected the French club’s contract.

Yasser Larouci is a wing prodigy who is also considered a brilliant playmaker. The player has the speed and trickery to be a constant threat to the opposition defence while he is also adept at playing a high pressing game.

The player has earned rave reviews at Le Havre’s academy but is currently without a club after rejecting a fresh contract. The 16-year-old was attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs and is now again on the radar of those clubs.

Larouci has been on trial at Southampton in mid-December and his performances there seem to have also caught the attention of the United scouts as well.

The player will not be the first one from Le Havre’s academy ranks to join Manchester United though, if the Red Devils do end up snapping the player up from the jaws of Southampton. Paul Pogba was poached by United from Le Havre, a move that was riddled in controversy.

Le Havre had even moved to accuse United of tapping up the player but the ruling was in the favour of the Red Devils and the rest is history. Paul Pogba received his footballing education at Old Trafford before moving to Juventus in search of regular football.

But the French superstar has since returned to his former home to the delight of Manchester United fans, albeit as the world’s most expensive football player.

Whether Larouci would be able to reach the same heights as Pogba is pure speculation. Both the players do play a different position and are in, all context, no way similar to each other.

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