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Leeds-linked prodigy named in world’s top youngsters list, ranked higher than Harvey Elliott

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Leeds-linked prodigy named in world’s top youngsters list, ranked higher than Harvey Elliott

Leeds United have been linked with a young prodigy who has made Goal’s NxGn 2020 list of the top 50 youngsters born on or after 1 January 2001.

According to 90min, Paris Saint-Germain are hoping to tie highly-rated 17-year-old Adil Aouchiche down to a new deal before sending him out on loan next season, with Elland Road a potential option.

The outlet refers back to a March report claiming that PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi is in talks with Leeds counterpart Andrea Radrizzani ​over a potential takeover, with a link between the two sides’ first teams in line possibly being established.

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Takeover discussions are said to have been put on the backburner before the season is finished so as to avoid impacting the Whites’ promotion push, but there is an “optimism” that a £120million agreement will be finalised before the start of next season.

 

Depending on whether these talks prove fruitful, on whether Leeds get promoted to the Premier League and on whether Aouchiche and fellow academy star Tanguy Kouassi commit their futures to the Parc des Princes, then Marcelo Bielsa could stand a good chance of landing the youngsters on loan.

Goal’s NxGn 2020 list ranks Aouchiche 16th, a place above Liverpool starlet Harvey Elliott, and the outlet writes: “It is not easy for academy players to graduate to the star-packed Paris Saint-Germain first team but, at just 17 years of age, Adil Aouchiche has already debuted and scored for the Ligue 1 champions this season.

“Of course, it is no surprise that Aouchiche is already off the mark at senior level, as this is a midfielder with a keen eye for goal, as he demonstrated by netting a remarkable nine times in just four outings at last summer’s European Under-17 Championship in Ireland.”

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Aouchiche is one of the most promising youngsters in world football and it speaks volumes that a club the size of PSG are sweating over his future amid interest from suitors.

However, Foot Mercato – translated by Get French Football News – claims both parties are currently optimistic about extending the adventure together and that Aouchiche will sign his first professional contract at the Parc des Princes.

Aouchiche’s main concern is believed to be a lack of playing time at PSG, but with a potential Leeds link-up on the horizon – providing the Whites reach the Premier League – he would pick up valuable top-flight experience, while Bielsa could call on the services of one of the top youngsters in world football.

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