Manchester United have been handed an apparent boost in their pursuit of Marco Veratti after the young Italian rejected the offer of a new contract from current employers Paris Saint-Germain.
Veratti, who only joined the French champions in the summer transfer window of last year, is intent on securing significantly improved terms and, according to SportsDirect News, has rebuffed PSG's initial proposal.
The Ligue 1 club are reported to have offered Veratti a salary of £1.9 million-per-year, but the 20-year-old is holding out for an increase of £2.5 million on a yearly basis.
Veratti's insistence on a substantial pay-rise is reported to have captured the attention of Manchester United, with David Moyes looking to reinforce his midfield before the transfer deadline in September.
Manchester United, it is claimed, would not foresee a problem in meeting the demands of Veratti, having been willing to pay £6.2 million-per-year to Thiago Alcantara, who eventually joined Bayern Munich.
The Premier League champions are in the market for creative influences in the middle of the park, and Veratti has been watched by Manchester United scouts, most notably during the under-21 European Championships.
Moyes, however, appears set to focus on recruiting a more experienced midfielder to fill the void left by Paul Scholes' retirement, with the club pursuing Cesc Fabregas of Barcelona.