Manchester United have been granted permission to open talks with Athletic Bilbao “superkid” Iker Muniain, who has been described as the "new Lionel Messi", with the brain trust at ‘Spanish Leadership’ claiming Bilbao are ready to sell, according to tribalfootball.com.
"Back in 2008 we saw Muniain making his Europa League debut in Bremen. He was just 16 and proved technically more gifted that Mesut Özil.
"However Özil plays for Real Madrid who will never consider signing him (Munain) because he is not a foreigner who would sell T-shirts. In other words, lack of leadership.
“Barcelona do not need to sign him having their own fruitful academy with players such as (Gerard) Deloufeu or Rafinha coming up as well.
"Muniain's future is the Premier."
The diminutive winger, who stands at just 5ft 7in, became the youngest ever player to represent Athletic Bilbao at just 16 years, 7 months and 11 days old. He scored his first ever goal just a week later to re-enter the record books as their youngest ever scorer.
His current deal at Bilbao does not expire until 2015, but interest from the Premier League is said to have cast doubt in Muniain’s mind about a possible future in La Liga.
To see Muniain - dubbed the "new Lionel Messi" - in action, watch the video below;