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Manchester United 'interested in MLS teenager'

Manchester United 'interested in MLS teenager'
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Sporting Kansas City scouting director Edward Burleson claims that Manchester United want to sign the MLS club's youngster Gianluca Busio.

Sporting Kansas City scouting director Edward Burleson has claimed that Manchester United are one of a number of clubs interested in signing Gianluca Busio.

The 17-year-old managed four goals and two assists in 31 appearances for Kansas during the recent campaign.

Busio also recently represented the United States at the Under-17 World Cup, but the attacker could yet play his international football for Italy as he qualifies for the European nation through his father.

Burleson insisted that the teenager has the credentials to be a success in Europe while mentioning United and Inter Milan as potential suitors.

"He's a great talent. He is a player who can play safely in Europe," Burleson told TuttoMercatoWeb. "He has great technique, he is a smart player, a box to box and he works hard. For me, if he wants to be successful at high levels, he must change soon.

"If he wants to make a great career, he has to go to Europe soon. Then the technical director will decide his future, and I honestly don't think he will let him go because he is a great talent, a product of our youth sector and a player of which we are proud.

"Inter? Yes, I also know about Manchester United. These are things that came out. We also had an offer, even if not from Inter. But we didn't let him go.

"I don't know if and when it will happen, maybe in a year or between two. But what is certain is that the pressure on Busio is always greater, given the many clubs that are coming forward."

Busio contributed three goals and two assists in 22 MLS appearances during the recent season.

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