Transfer Rumour Rater: Ryan Gauld to Real Madrid in January

Joshua Hayward@@JoshuaHayward99Contributor IDecember 3, 2013

MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND - MAY 13:  Ryan Gauld of Dundee United in action during the Scottish Premier League match between Motherwell FC and Dundee United FC held at Fir Park on May 13, 2012 in Motherwell, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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In one of the more surprising rumours, highly rated Dundee United wide man Ryan Gauld has been linked with Real Madrid.

The 17-year-old has gained many plaudits during recent weeks and provided fours assists during his side's dismantling of Partick Thistle.

The Daily Mirror's Steve Bates reports that Manchester United have made a bid in an attempt to prize Gauld away from the Scottish club, while Real Madrid are also reportedly keeping tabs on the youngster.

Bates writes:

Manchester United are believed to have moved for Dundee United kid Ryan Gauld.

...

It is thought champions United have offered an initial payment of £3million to the SPL side – and have also made a pledge to play three pre-season friendly games against the Terrors, starting in July.

However, United’s bid falls well below the Tannadice club’s £6m valuation of the 17-year-old Scotland Under-21 midfielder, who is also on the radar of Real Madrid.

Despite much hype surrounding the future starlet, a possible move to Real Madrid seems far-fetched, especially with the array of attacking talent already on show at the Santiago Bernabau.

However, the Spanish giants do have the funds to afford such a move and if reports are to be believed regarding the promise that Gauld shows, Madrid will certainly not want to let him slip through the net.

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