Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has set his sights on Croatian sensation Alen Halilovic as a player to help leave a lasting legacy at Old Trafford.
The Daily Mirror claims the 16-year-old, who has drawn comparisons to Lionel Messi in his homeland, is trying to ignore the transfer speculation as the Red Devils consider a move for the teen talent.
“Stories about Manchester United? I do not spend much time thinking about those rumours. Dinamo Zagreb will decide what happens,” he said, according to the paper.
“All I have to do is try to improve as much as I can – everything else does not matter now.”
Manchester United were heavily linked with a move for Luka Modric last summer – another player Halilovic has been compared to – but the Croatia international opted for Real Madrid over a move to Old Trafford.
And, whilst Ferguson made his move for Borussia Dortmund star Shinji Kagawa instead, there is still an attacking hole to fill at the club when Paul Scholes decides to retire again.
Given the hype surrounding Halilovic, he could have the attributes to replace a player like Scholes.
However, the Scottish boss will know that, like Nick Powell, the player will be a signing for the future of Manchester United, shining long after Ferguson calls time on his managerial career at the club.