Manchester United have made contact with Valencia over creative midfielder Ever Banega, according to reports.
TuttoMercatoWeb claim the Red Devils have requested information on the 25-year-old, and are now favourites to win the race for the player ahead of other interested parties – including AC Milan.
The report comes after initial speculation in November, with The Daily Star reporting that Manchester United manager David Moyes was preparing a bid for the player - who has a £50million release clause in his contract.
Things haven’t improved at Old Trafford since those initial claims, with the Premier League champions languishing in seventh – 11 points off the top of the table.
And, Banega would provide Manchester United with a creative spark that they’ve been severely lacking so far this season.
They aren’t the only English club keen on the player however, with Arsenal also interested in the player, according to the Star report two months ago.
Banega wouldn’t come cheap to the Gunners – or any interested party for that matter – and whilst the aforementioned release clause might not be required, the Mestalla Stadium outfit would not let him leave on the cheap.
The November report claimed £20million might be enough, although that's still a hefty sum for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to pay on a player untested in the Premier League.
TMW claims that Inter Milan are also keeping an eye on the situation, which means a transfer battle could ensue over the next three-and-a-half weeks.