Manchester United have upped their interest in Ante Rebic and have now made contact with the winger’s agent, according to a report in Germany.
Tuttosport last week claimed United had launched a £50million bid to land the Croatian wide man, while The Independent yesterday suggested that Jose Mourinho had turned to Rebic.
And now Sport Bild, who have been pretty accurate with transfers this summer, report United have made contact with Rebic’s agent over a summer transfer.
Mourinho is keen to add a winger to his squad, especially with Anthony Martial’s future far from assured.
United though will not pay £80million for last summer’s primary target Ivan Perisic, while Gareth Bale and Willian also seem to be out of United’s reach.
So Mourinho’s target is now apparently Rebic, who has recently joined Eintracht Frankfurt for around €2million fee after a successful loan spell.
The aggressive Croatia forward apparently made an impact on Mourinho, who was at the World Cup working for Russia TV.
Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic said on July 11 they were yet to field an offer for the Croatia forward, but admitted they would struggle to hold on to him if a big-money offer arrived at their table.
In addition to that Frankfurt are now believed to have identified a potential replacement for Rebic.
German outlet Bild have reported the German club are interested in Sporting Lisbon star Francisco Geraldes and ready to offer £4.5m for the 23-year-old.
Potentially he would join countryman Goncalo Paciencia following his move to Frankfurt earlier this summer.
Arsenal and Bayern Munich have also been linked with 24-year-old Rebic, who are now managed by former Frankfurt boss Niko Kovac.
However, Bayern Munich’s alleged pursuit has been called into question by Bild.
They claim the news that his agent Fali Ramadani was travelling to Germany to negotiate a transfer was fabricated to drive up the Croatian’s value.