Manchester United are eager to make a move for Rapid Vienna starlet Yusuf Demir amid rival interest from Real Madrid, according to reports.
Demir is among the most coveted young players outside of Europe’s major leagues. He has impressed in Austria since making his senior debut in December 2019.
There have already been rumours about a move to a bigger club for the teenager. Man Utd are among the contenders for his signature.
That speculation has now resurfaced, with Defensa Central suggesting a transfer battle between United and Real Madrid for Demir’s signature.
Of the two clubs, United have the strongest interest. In fact, they have already opened talks with his representatives.
However, there has been no formal offer to Rapid Vienna yet. Should United firm up their interest, though, it shouldn’t cost them too much to lure Demir to England.
The report claims Demir is available for just €10m, with his club open to a summer sale. Demir is also willing to wait until the end of the season to assess his options.
He will likely have a range of top suitors. Barcelona were interested, but those links have faded, with United now the “most attentive” to his situation.
However, Madrid have joined them in the race, although they are just “in the background” for now.
If United make an official offer, though, then Madrid could swoop in with a bid of their own.
Demir is only under contract in Austria until 2022. Therefore, he could be in line for a big move in the summer of 2021, by which time he will be 18 years old.
The attacking midfielder will hope to have built on his promising start to the season. So far, he has registered four goals and two assists from 17 games this term.
He already has experience against Premier League opposition, after featuring against Arsenal in the Europa League group stage.
Man Utd continue youth focus
Demir would seemingly fit United’s policy of focusing on signing younger players from around the world.
For example, they tied up deals for Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo in the summer, with the latter completing his move in January.
United continue to be linked with more players with potential, and it seems they are focusing on midfield.
For example, they have also been mentioned as a suitor for Brest midfielder Romain Faivre, who is a France under-21 international.
The player failed to make the grade at Monaco but has got himself back on track since. It has recently been claimed that United are watching his development closely.
It would indicate that the Premier League side remain determined not to miss out on the best talent of tomorrow – like they did with Jadon Sancho in the summer, for example.