United suffered the agony of missing out on the title to rivals Manchester City in the dying minutes of the final game of the season on Sunday, but are already looking to next season with the aim of bolstering their squad in order to compete with City’s financial might.
Dembele has been in fine form this season, initially impressing in attack before Fulham boss Martin Jol dropped him into a deeper lying midfield role – an experiment which proved equally successful.
Jol has remained adamant all season that Dembele would stay with the Cottagers beyond the end of the season amidst rumours of interest from Tottenham in the January transfer window.
While Spurs remain interested it is Manchester United who lead the race for his signature, with Chelsea and Arsenal also in the hunt to acquire his services.
Valued at £10 million, United, Chelsea and Arsenal are reported to be very interested in the Belgian international who joined Fulham in 2010 for £5 million from AZ Alkmaar.
The Daily Mail reports that the Red Devils are keen to land the 24-year-old in order to bolster their midfield options, with Anderson, Tom Cleverly and Darren Fletcher all absent for large parts of the season while Paul Scholes may opt to retire from the game once more.
It is also claimed that Dembele is seen as a cheap, ready-made replacement for Scholes should he decide to hang up his boots once more, while Chelsea and Arsenal are both seeking to add to their creative options in the middle of the park.
Jol confirmed last week before his side’s 2-0 defeat against Tottenham that he had received no bids from any of Dembele’s suitors, although that may soon change.