Jose Mourinho lines up £40m bid for Tiemoue Bakayoko to pip Chelsea to signing
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is said to be lining up a £30m offer for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko in order to beat rivals Chelsea to the Frenchman.
The Star report that United will act swiftly to land the 22-year-old as Mourinho does not want to lose out to his former club.
Bakayoko has made 27 appearances in all competitions this season and scored twice as Monaco push for the Ligue 1 title. They are currently two points off leaders Nice.
The sale of Morgan Schneiderlin to Everton for £22m looks likely to help fund their bid - although when has money been an issue for United in transfer windows in recent years?
United, among other suitors, will be alerted to word from Barcelona chief Oscar Grau who says the Spanish giants will not break the the bank to keep hold of their star man Lionel Messi.
He said: "We have to be very strict with the budgets, we can’t go crazy.
"We need to comply with the ratios of debt and the percentage of salaries in the budget. I want the best player in history to remain here.
"We will find the way, I am sure, but we have to make the numbers add up."
The news is sure to alert United who would be willing to make their move if Messi does ever leave the Nou Camp.
Finally, Paulo Dybala won't be moving to United any time soon after verbally committing his future to Juventus.
The 23-year-old is under contract at Juve until 2020 but now looks ready to sign a new deal despite being linked with moves to United, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
”Barcelona or Real Madrid? There's no offers, for me there are no problems for the renewal," Dybala said.
"I'm fine at Juventus, my agent will be in Turin in the coming days for the renewal.
"Arrigo Sacchi told Florentino Perez to sign me? I'm thinking only about Juventus."