Manchester United could miss out on signing highly-rated AC Milan full-back Mattia De Sciglio after Real Madrid tabled a £15m bid for the Italy international.
The Red Devils were strongly linked with a move for the 21-year-old earlier this month, as United boss David Moyes lines up a replacement for Rafael, who the Scot is unconvinced by. However, the reigning Premier League champions' hopes of signing the Milan starlet have been dealt a major blow after Los Blancos tabled a formal offer, according to Tuttosport.
Manchester United are considering other options, however. Reports on Tuesday suggest Moyes is closing in on a £15m deal for Everton right-back Seamus Coleman, although De Sciglio's versatility may make him a more attractive option.
Real Madrid have doubts over right-back Alvaro Arbeloa, who has failed to convince at the Bernabeu this season, while left-back Fabio Coentrao is expected to leave the club. The fact De Sciglio can play on either flank has prompted the nine-time European champions to make their move.
The Italian made his senior debut for Milan in 2011 and instantly cemented his status as one of Serie A's best young defenders. The dynamic full-back has appeared regularly for the Rossoneri ever since, but with Milan currently going through a transitional period, the youngster may be tempted to join the world's biggest club this summer.