Manchester United could make Dinamo Bucharest winger Dorin Rotariu their first signing of the January transfer window after the teenager confirmed he has held talks with the Premier League champions.
The 18-year-old has made some of Europe's most prominent clubs take notice this season having scored five goals in 17 league appearances, while he has also been added to Romania's under-21 squad.
Manchester United are among those keen to recruit Rotariu and the club's scouting network has already made an initial move to bring the highly-rated youngster to Old Trafford.
Rotariu claims representatives from Manchester United have been to Bucharest to discuss a proposed move to English football, although the starlet is in no rush to leave his current employers.
"It was a meeting in Bucharest with Manchester United officials with whom I chatted for around two hours,” he told Romanian newspaper Ring.
"They wanted to know me personally, to see what kind of guy I am, what character I have. We didn’t just discuss football.
"I was told they are monitoring me. This gives me ambition and motivates me. When a club the size of Manchester has you in sight, you can only be proud.
"Honestly, I did not expect to happen quickly, but I tell you I will not go to your head. I'm going to focus even more on every game and to give everything in training.
"I feel very well at Dinamo and I want to win trophies here. The cup is important for me and my colleagues."
It is unclear as yet if Manchester United are preparing to make a formal approach in a bid to sign the player ahead of their rivals.