Man Utd ‘open up transfer talks’ to seal free agent highly rated by Lionel Messi

Manchester United have reportedly ‘opened up transfer talks' to sign Houssem Aouar, with the Lyon midfield star highly rated by Barcelona icon Lionel Messi.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a move away from Ligue 1 this summer, with the Red Devils reportedly one of the clubs interested in his services.

According to reports in France, United have already opened up talks with Aouar's representatives to discuss a possible transfer to Old Trafford.

It is also claimed that Messi has spoken highly of the France Under-21 international, and believes he could be a great addition to the Premier League club.

Aouar, who scored 13 goals and registered nine assists in all competitions last season, is also said to be interesting the likes of Arsenal, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.

The midfielder is believed to have a release clause of £54million in his contract at Lyon, although it is thought that the French club could be willing to sell him for less due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

It remains to be seen whether United will be able to convince Aouar to join them this summer, but the fact that Messi has spoken highly of him could be a major boost in their bid to sign the talented youngster.

If the Red Devils can get a deal done, they could be getting their hands on one of Europe's most sought-after midfielders, with Aouar possessing the ability to become a key player for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side for many years to come.