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Manchester United has eyes on two Sounders prospects

Scout from English giants paid a visit to Seattle to watch Obed Vargas and Reed Baker-Whiting.

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Reed Baker Whiting. Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart

Although their first-team performances have been up-and-down this season, European interest in Seattle Sounders Homegrown Players Obed Vargas and Reed Baker-Whiting has remained pretty steady.

The latest sign of interest came on Sunday when a scout from Manchester United attended the match to watch the two 18-year-olds as well at Atlanta United's Caleb Wiley. A scout from Wolverhampton Wanderers had attended a match to watch the Sounders duo earlier this year.

Wiley, who started the season very strong, has settled in as left wingback in Gonzalo Pineda's system. He has four goals and two assists, playing the full 90 minutes against the Sounders

Vargas and Baker-Whiting both came off the bench against Atlanta. Vargas played 22 minutes while Baker-Whiting logged 18. Neither had particularly standout performances.

Vargas would seemingly be a bit closer to a potential move, having topped 1,000 first-team minutes in each of the past two seasons. Baker-Whiting has about 1,000 minutes between both the Sounders and Tacoma Defiance and has effectively transitioned to fullback after spending most of his youth career as a central midfielder.

Despite the apparent interest, sources inside the Sounders front office have indicated they don't expect any formal offers for either player imminently.