Manchester United are ready to go head to head with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid to sign defender Mohammed Salisu, claims a report.
The Real Valladolid centre-back has been earning rave reviews in LaLiga after progressing through the academy.
The 20-year-old has made 24 appearances this season and was called up by Ghana last year.
Spanish publication AS say United could test Valladolid’s resolve with a bid for Salisu when the transfer window opens again in the summer.
In November the LaLiga club admitted they were trying to get the defender to sign a contract extension, which would probably see his bargain release clause removed.
Real Valladolid’s sporting director Miguel Angel Gomez told Pucela Fichajes via Sport Witness: “Salisu perceives the love of the club because we have made three contracts in thirteen months.
“He knows that he is an important player and that we would like to proceed with that renewal, but today there is a standstill.”
El Diario De Valladolid – as translated by Sport Witness – claimed three months ago that it was United who led the chase for the powerful Ghanaian, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side using an ‘insider’ to get the deal done.
That insider was Juan Mata’s father, who is the agent of the player, however, Newcastle, Everton, Southampton, and West Ham have all been linked with his signature.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still looking for a long-term partner for Harry Maguire and he could make a move for the player, who has a contract with Valladolid until 2022.
Real Madrid and Atletico are also understood to be keen and with the presidents of Madrid and Valladolid, Florentino Perez and Brazilian legend Ronaldo respectively, on good terms, a deal could be struck.
AS claim Atletico, meanwhile, have already been in contact over a possible bid, while Valencia and Getafe are also chasing the left-footed player.