Manchester United are reportedly monitoring Athletic Bilbao midfielder Oscar de Marcos as Sir Alex Ferguson begins to make plans for the summer transfer window.
The 22-year-old has been one of the stand-out performers in an impressive Athletic side this season, and has netted eight times in 37 appearances over the course of the campaign.
De Marcos struck in both legs against Manchester United as Atheltic dumped the Old Trafford club out of the Europa League, and it appears the Premier League champions are now interested in acquiring his services.
According to The Mirror, United manager Ferguson has asked his chief scout Jim Lawlor to take a look at the Spaniard, following a scouting trip by the former's brother Martin.
Manchester United will, however, have to spend big if they hope to capture the signature of De Marcos, who has a release clause of £26 million written into his contact with Athletic.
Such a valuation may put Ferguson off formalising his interest, with De Marcos yet to even be capped by his country.
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